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Perez asks for suspended sentence

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Cycling News
Published:
March 02, 2005, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:47 BST
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Latest Cycling News for March 2, 2005

Spanish cyclist Santiago Perez, who was recently given a two year suspension by the Spanish cycling...

Spanish cyclist Santiago Perez, who was recently given a two year suspension by the Spanish cycling federation (RFEC), has requested that his sanction be put on hold. Perez is in negotiations with several teams at the moment, and his lawyers are arguing that he should be allowed to do his job until the case is resolved, especially because it hinges on the accuracy of a new test. Although the RFEC has rejected these arguments, Perez's lawyers have asked the Spanish Committee of Sporting Discipline (CEDD) to consider them.

Perez, who finished second in the Vuelta España last year, tested positive for a homologous blood transfusion in an out of competition test taken at the UCI's headquarters in Switzerland last October 5. His teammate Tyler Hamilton also tested positive for the same thing during last year's Vuelta, and is currently arguing his case to the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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