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the colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana was disqualified from the last Tour de France, this after testing positive in one of the anti-doping controls that were carried out during the gala round. The information was formally released by the International Cycling Union (UCI) through a statement. According to reports, in the samples of the Colombian cyclist, traces of weaving were obtainedl, a prohibited substance and that violates the anti-doping laws of the competition.
“The analyzes of two dried blood samples provided by the cyclist on July 8 and 13 during the 2022 Tour de France revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites. In accordance with the UCI Medical Rules, the cyclist is disqualified from the 2022 Tour de France. This decision can be appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the next 10 days”, says the UCI statement reviewed by Clear brand.
Nairo Quintana will be able to participate in future competitions
Despite the disqualification of the Colombian cyclist, he himself will be able to compete in the following events, in addition to being able to appeal the decision. The UCI considers that since it is the first infraction of the South American, he will not be declared ineligible.
“During the Tour de France 2022, a total of 120 dried blood samples were collected as part of the tramadol program. Violations of the competing ban on the use of tramadol are offenses under the UCI Medical Rules. They do not constitute anti-doping rule violations. As it is a first offence, Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas is not declared ineligible and therefore can participate in competitions”, continues the statement.
Nairo Quintana’s participation in La Vuelta a España will depend on his team
according to reports The participation or not of Nairo Quintana in the Vuelta a España will depend on the final decision made by his team. Sources told Marca Claro that the runner passed the antigen test in the afternoon, as did his teammates, which is why it is presumed that he will be present at the competition.
Nevertheless the final decision will fall to the Arkéa Samsic team, which yesterday renewed the Colombian for three more years. Nairo Quintana will appeal this decision and it remains to wait for the conclusion of this case that has just set off alarms in the world of cycling and sports in general.
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