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Serebryakov fails second EPO test

By:
Stephen Farrand
Published:
June 6, 2013, 11:08,
Updated:
June 6, 2013, 12:15
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, June 6, 2013
Stage 3 winner Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) on the podium

Stage 3 winner Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) on the podium

  • Stage 3 winner Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1-Sanofi) on the podium
  • Race leader Alexander Serebryakov (Team Type 1)

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UCI confirm the use of a new protocol for EPO detection

The UCI has announced that Russia's Alexander Serebryakov has failed a second test for EPO after re-analysis of a sample taken more than a year ago.

The Russian failed an out-of-competition test done on February 21 this year and was provisionally suspended by the UCI on April 5.

The UCI has now announced that he also failed an out-of-competition control taken on 21 February 2012, after a further reanalysis "carried out in accordance with new WADA technical documents concerning the identification of EPO."

It is likely the same testing procedure and the ability to spot EPO use for longer in urine samples lead to the positive test of both Vini Fantini riders Danilo Di Luca and Mauro Santambrogio.

The UCI has not said if it is carrying out any other special re-analysis of samples from the past.

Serebryakov turned professional for Team Type 1 last year and won 11 races in a highly successful debut season, including the Philadelphia International Championship. He was signed by the Euskaltel-Euskadi team for 2013 as they scrambled for UCI points to secure a place in the WorldTour. The Basque team immediately fired him after the first test and the rider claimed he had acted alone.

Serebryakov has already been temporarily suspended after his first positive test and will now face further disciplinary action.
 

mandeep gulati More than 1 year ago
"There is a new EPO test and the UCI is going back and re-analysing samples. Today's victim is Alexnder Serebryakov, formerly of Euskaltel. He is already suspended for an EPO positive from this year, now he has another one from last year.' I wonder how many more will be caught out of this change in testing. Let's see if "big" names also surface.
BuckRogers More than 1 year ago
Exactly. Also, interesting use of the word "victim". Not the word I would have chosen as a victim is "1.A person harmed, injured, or killed as a result of a crime, accident, or other event or action." I think that the cycling community is the victim in this case.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
He had TUE: was taking EPO to help combat his Type 1. :)
Michael Hux More than 1 year ago
Serebryakov does not have diabetes.
NashbarShorts More than 1 year ago
Do you actually think EPO is used to combat diabetes?? :D