Oscar Pereiro, the Tour de France runner-up who came under fire this week for failing to back up his authorisation to use the asthma drug, salbutamol, has submitted his medical certificates to the French antidoping authority, AFLD, today. Pereiro tested positive for the drug twice at last year's Tour de France, and although he had permission from the UCI to use the drug, the AFLD required further documentation.
Pereiro's failure to submit the certificates in a timely manner erupted into a flurry of news stories about the positive test, something the Spaniard was incensed about. "It's been a massive misunderstanding, and I hope those responsible for it apologize," the Spaniard told Radio Marca yesterday. "I'm very calm about the whole thing and know it will be sorted out when I send the paperwork tomorrow, but I'm upset that my reputation might have been stained by this report."
Phillipe Dautry, the Secretary General of the AFLD confirmed today that they had received the documents, "On Friday we received the certificates on which we have been waiting by fax," but declined to call the case closed, saying it was too soon to conclude anything based on the certificates.