The Colombian cycling federation has announced the suspension of four cyclists on the grounds of doping offences in races on the national and international calendar. Vladimir Gonzàlez has been suspended for five years as he tested positive for traces of testosterone at the end of stage three of the Vuelta a Colombia. The suspension has been increased because Gonzàlez has apparently transgressed the ethical code repeatedly.
Gustavo Guzmàn and Alex Atapuma have both received a two-year suspension - the first for testing positive for testosterone during the Vuelta a Boyacà, and the second for using cocaine at the Vuelta de la Juventud. Finally, Fereney Bello was suspended provisionally for three days as he showed traces of Estanozolol during a test at the Tour de la Guadeloupe, already shook up be doping allegations last year.
"We have decreased doping cases by 80 percent, thanks to the control and prevention programs implemented by the federation," said Carlos Vargas, member of the disciplinary commission of the Colombian cycling federation.