Doctor with link to banned riders fired
TOLEDO, Spain -- The Xacobeo-Galicia cycling team has fired its Spanish Vuelta doctor because of his links to three riders on another team who have tested positive for CERA, a form of the banned blood-booster EPO, the team said on Saturday.
Xacobeo-Galicia said in a news release that Colombian doctor Alberto Beltran, hired especially for the Vuelta, had been fired as a "preventative measure."
Beltran previously had worked for Liberty Seguros. Three riders on that team, Isidro Nozal and Hector Guerra of Spain and Nuno Ribeiro of Portugal, tested positive for CERA on Aug. 3, the International Cycling Union said on Friday.
"As soon as the case was announced on Friday about the three riders in the Portuguese team for which Dr. Beltran worked, his contract was ended," said Xacobea-Galicia.
Spain's Ezequiel Mosquera is Xacobea-Galicia's top rider in the Vuelta and is currently in fifth place. The team won Stage 9 thanks to Gustavo Cesar Veloso.
The race ends in Madrid on Sunday.
Information from Reuters was used in this report.
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