Thursday, June 28, 2007

Another Lanterne Rouge under scrutiny

Former Lanterne Rouge Leonardo Piepoli of Saunier Duval-Prodir is being investigated for use of salbutamol, an asthma drug, during the Giro d'Italia. The report is a bit confused at present - it seems he and Alessandro Petacchi of Team Milram, the other rider under investigation, have therapeutic use exemptions for pre-established medical conditions, but may have exceeded the dosage limits.

The story also says that "The International Cycling Union (UCI) sent the non negative test to a clinic in Barcelona but that clinic said it didn't have the competence to provide a conclusion," which seems to be a very common problem in their drug-testing program.

Update: TDFBlog has more information on the investigation and issues concerning salbutamol for cyclists here.

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