Twelve Costa Rican riders fail anti-doping tests
Jan 31 2018 10:35 pm CET

Twelve Costa Rican riders fail anti-doping tests
Twelve Costa Rican riders fail anti-doping tests
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Juan Carlos Rojas, champion of the Vuelta a Costa Rica, and eleven more Costa Rican riders have tested positive.

The UCI has announced that the 12 riders showed Adverse Analytical Findings (AAF) on samples that were taken on the 22nd of December of 2017 during the Vuelta Internacional a Costa Rica.

The brother of the champion, Cesar Andres Rojas, also tested positive in the anti-doping tests. The other riders are Jewinson Varela, Vladimir Fernandez, Jose Alexis Rodriguez, Jason Huertas, Jose Irias, Gabriel Marin, Melvin Mora, Kevin Murillo, Jordy Sandoval and Jeancarlo Padilla.

All of them tested positive on CERA, the third generation EPO, except for Padilla who had a positive result for first generation EPO.

"These intelligence-led doping controls were planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling, with the assistance of the Federacion Costarricense de Ciclismo, the Comisión Nacional Antidopaje de Costa Rica and the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreacion," said the UCI through a statement.

The riders have been suspended provisionally and will have the opportunity to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.



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