The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) revealed that Riccardo Riccò tested positive for CERA on two other occasions during the Tour de France, making a total of four positive controls for the Italian. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, his samples from before the Tour – July 4 – and the rest day – July 15 – were positive.
The Italian cycling federation (FCI) gave Riccò a two-year suspension last week. He will not face further punishment for the latest results, as all four positives were for the same substance at the same event.
The AFLD is testing blood samples this week after some urine tests taken during the Tour were inconclusive. Riccò's urine samples taken on July 8 and 13 tested positive for CERA and he was ejected from the Tour on July 17 as a result.