Monday, October 22, 2007

You have got to be joking...

MAYO CLEARED AFTER B SAMPLE COMES BACK NEGATIVE

Iban Mayo was informed by the Spanish Cycling Federation on Monday that the testing of his B sample from the Tour de France positive test on July 24 has come back negative. The Saunier Duval - Prodir rider was originally declared positive for the blood booster EPO from a sample taken on the Tour's second rest day, but has now been cleared for a return to racing.

According to AFP, the federation confirmed that there had been a mistake in the testing of Mayo's A sample, which was carried out at the Châtenay-Malabry anti-doping laboratory in Paris. The B sample was tested by a separate laboratory in the Belgian city of Gent, and was confirmed by another test done in Australia.

Speaking on Spanish radio station EFE, Mayo said: "During these months I have felt very bad. My professional career was a wreck, but everything has turned out as expected.

"I have not stopped training during this time, although I didn't feel good," he added "A lot of people gave me support to carry on."

Mayo had been temporarily suspended by his team, pending the outcome of the B sample, but is now expected to see out his contract. "I have signed [with Saunier Duval] until 2008 and I hope to finish with them," he said.

Saunier Duval manager Mauro Gianetti told Reuters that the team was yet to receive official confirmation from the UCI. "We have read stuff on the Internet and it seems that this has happened but it is too early to make any comment," he said.

Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmerón for Cyclingnews.com

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Why wasn't Floyd's B sample allowed to be analyzed at a different lab? Mayo's A sample was declared positive by the Châtenay-Malabry lab yet his B sample came back negative after being tested "...by a separate laboratory in the Belgian city of Gent" which was then "...confirmed by another test done in Australia." Say what?!

Does it upset anybody else that Floyd's B sample - not to mention the additional testing performed on his other controls per USADA's request - was tested by the same lab - Châtenay-Malabry - that declared his original A sample positive? Why was Mayo able to have his B sample tested elsewhere while ALL of Floyd's subsequent tests were handled by the same lab that produced the initial positive? Makes absolutely no sense to me. What's even more maddening about the situation is the fact that USADA declared the original test to be both flawed and inaccurate yet still found him guilty based on the subsequent tests. If those subsequent tests had been entrusted to a different lab Floyd most likely would have been exonerated. What a joke! This news must come as a huge slap in the face to Floyd and only serves to illustrate how totally and completely he was screwed.

9 comments:

KanyonKris said...

Astounding. I started to comment here, but it got too long so I posted my opinion over on my blog.

Anonymous said...

Mayo is guilty too and if doesn't get out soon, it'll all come to light.

Team Rico said...

who cares. Come watch cross in Utah we dont dope. Bring a cowbell

UtRider said...

Word on the street is that even Utah Cross has its share of cheaters.

This isn't a commentary on who dopes and who's clean. Rather, it's an illustration of how inconsistent and screwed up drug testing is right now. Next time you see Sager at a cross race ask him for his opinion on the subject. This isn't just a problem at the Tour de France.

Forrest said...

Cycling is broken in the pro peloton on all levels, from dopers, to testing, to payscale, to sponsorsip etc.... Rico is right, come out to a cross race and bring the cowbell.

The Ballistic Hornet said...

and then God said 5 words...come to cross my children.

Forrest said...

I converted you to the darkside of winter, what is it going to take to convert you to cross?? Peer Pressure is a b@@ch isnt it.

UtRider said...

A strong right knee and some bike handling skills would be a good place to start. Oh yeah, and a cross bike would be helpful!

KanyonKris said...

Bike Snob NYC has a few things to say about Cyclocross - enjoy.