Nozal, D'Abusco out of Dauphiné

On the morning before the prologue of the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, UCI medical officers declared Liberty Seguros-Würth rider Isidro Nozal and Michel Scotto D'Abusco (Lampre-Cafitta) unfit to race after pre-race medical controls revealed their haematocrit levels to have exceeded the 50 percent limit.

According to a team statement from Liberty Seguros, Nozal's haematocrit was measured at 52,1 percent, well above the limit allowed. For team manager Manolo Saiz, this is now the second rider in the space of a month that has been declared unfit as a result of an excessive haematocrit; on the eve of the 2005 Giro d'Italia in Reggio Calabria, 27 year-old Portuguese rider Nuno Ribeiro was also found to have a blood haematocrit level of 52 percent, and was subsequently fired from the team without contest.

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