Following his two positive doping tests for EPO CERA as announced last month, Leonardo Piepoli called for a counter-test on Wednesday. The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) said the Italian's "B" sample would be controlled in the coming weeks according to AFP. AFLD did not provide details.
Piepoli and his then Saunier-Duval teammate Riccardo Riccò both tested positive for EPO CERA in samples taking before and during the Tour de France. While Riccò admitted his offense after being caught, Piepoli has maintained his innocence.
Another set of teammates also tested positive for EPO CERA in their samples from the Tour de France. Austria's Bernhard Kohl and Germany's Stefan Schumacher were riding for Gerolsteiner at the time of their infractions. The analysis of their samples from the Tour were also returned last month.