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Georges' B Sample also positive, UCI confirms

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Cycling News
Published:
May 21, 2013, 17:15,
Updated:
May 21, 2013, 18:18
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First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) collapsed into the arms of his team staffers

Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) collapsed into the arms of his team staffers

  • Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale) collapsed into the arms of his team staffers
  • Sylvain Georges (AG2R La Mondiale), winner of stage 6 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California
  • Ag2r-La Mondiale team manager Vincent Lavenu

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AG2R to skip Dauphiné?

Sylvain Georges' B sample tested positive for Heptaminol, confirming the first sample. The UCI announced the finding by the anti-doping laboratory in Rome on Tuesday afternoon. This now means that his team, AG2R La Mondiale, will probably voluntarily take itself out of the next WorldTour race, the Critérium du Dauphiné, which begins on June 2.

Georges tested positive on May 10 and he subsequently did not start the Giro d'Italia's 11th stage on May 15, after being informed. He said that it resulted from a seemingly "harmless drug" he took to improve circulation in his legs, and failed to read the packaging, a situation he called "stupid".

The UCI has now asked the French cycling federation to open a disciplinary action against Georges.

AG2R team manager Vincent Lavenu said last week that if the B sample was also positive, then the team would not participate in the Critérium du Dauphiné. The team is a member of the Movement for Credible Cycling (MPCC), whose rules say that a team that has had two positives within 12 months must suspend itself from racing for eight days as of the start of the next WorldTour race. The team had an earlier doping case last fall, when Steve Houanard tested positive for EPO.

"I don't know what the consequences are but it is fair to say that I am worried about the future of the team," Lavenu said, admitting he was "discouraged".

skippy More than 1 year ago
Seems Nico Roche did himself a favour moving out of Ag2r ! georges , what have you against your Team Colleagues that you decided to jeapardise their future ? Oh it was Omerta , that made you do it ! Got it ! You are like ALL the other Selfish B*st*rds that think they can beat the " Bio passport " , you know that collection of fantasies put together by phat the rat & nein fordruggen ! seems you forgot the brown paper bag is part of the equation ? Since you are brain dead , there is no point your team giving you a good kicking , as yo would not understand the reason !
RobbieCanuck More than 1 year ago
While I share your sentiment, testing postive for heptaminol, has nothing to do with the bio-passport. The bio-passport is a standard of the measure of one's haematocrit level i.e. the percent of red blood cells in the blood. The maximum permitted level is 50%. Haematocrit becomes elevated for among other reasons EPO use.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
Dude, you might want to study up on the bio passport before trying to educate others on it.
John Doland More than 1 year ago
Haha That's how they did it in the nineties and weren't trying to catch anyone. It's far more complicated now
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
John, granted, the organization that promotes the sport seems to never have been overjoyed to bust someone. But in all defense, they didn't have a test for the new drug yet so they had to set a limit somewhere as a stop-gap until scientists could develop a test. Snow skiers were given an even higher allowance than cyclists...54 or 55%. Cyclists were dying in their sleep in the off season. I was wondering what was going on, then news pops up about a handy new drug that just happens to thicken one's blood. As a spectator, it was almost laughable the game they played; the riders had their hematocrit scientifically jacked up to a fraction of a percent under the limit. When Pantani got the boot for being just over 50%, he was pissed and actually said, "but my hematocrit was only 49.7 (or 49.5) last night". To which anybody with a couple of brain cells would ask, why is your team doctor testing your hematocrit and what a lucky coincidence that you're just under the limit?!? But that was the game for a few years...pretty obvious. On a slightly unrelated subject, I always thought Indurain was clean; he had such a steady progression, huge motor, and slowly lost the weight that eventually allowed him to use his aerobic power to weight ratio to climb the high mountains. But after reading other posters here, listening to Indurain's silence or implied endorsement of Lance, and realizing that Indurain rode during the era that EPO existing before testing...one of my cycling heroes was probably guilty as sin. Oh, and not to forget, Big Mig occasionally out-climbed a doped munchkin named Pantani. Oh well...
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Another drug cheap in cycling...................
Majo S More than 1 year ago
the new era mumbo-jumbo...
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
This may be the first doping case I recall where the rider takes no steps whatsoever to deny it and calls himself stupid. And for (allegedly) accidentally taking a drug with no proven benefit. I can accept it being an accident.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
Only one problem with the statement he read, "no proven benefit" he took it to improve circulation in his legs. Isn't that a benefit? Or am i missing something?