Aketza Peña was declared not guilty of doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Thursday, according to a statement by the rider reported in Marca. The Spaniard tested positive for nandrolone at the 2007 Giro del Trentino, and was suspended from his Euskaltel-Euskadi.
He had received a two-year suspension by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) in August, 2007. His contract with Euskaltel-Euskadi was not renewed and he abandoned his cycling career.
No official communication from the CAS has been released, but the rider's statement claimed that the results were declared invalid due to "irregularities committed by the Anti-Doping Laboratory in Athens." The court also ordered the RFEC to pay Peña 3,000 Swiss francs to defray the costs of his defence.
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