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Rodriguez would accept Vuelta podium place if Mosquera is sanctioned

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Joaquim Rodríguez in the 2011 Katusha team kit

Joaquim Rodríguez in the 2011 Katusha team kit (Image credit: Team Katusha)
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Ezequiel Mosquera in his new Vacansoleil jersey

Ezequiel Mosquera in his new Vacansoleil jersey (Image credit: ispaphoto.com)
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Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) flies up the finishing climb while Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Doimo) try to stay with the Spaniard.

Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) flies up the finishing climb while Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas - Doimo) try to stay with the Spaniard. (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) has said that he would be pleased to be promoted to third overall in the official results of the 2010 Vuelta a España if Ezequiel Mosquera is sanctioned for testing positive for Hydroxyethyl starch during the race. Rodriguez finished in fourth place in Madrid after leading the overall classification in the final week.

“Of course I would have liked to have been on the podium in Madrid,” Rodriguez told AS. “If Ezequiel has cheated, I’d want him to be disqualified and for me to be given third place.”

Rodriguez warned that justice must run its course, however, he was reticent to condemn Mosquera before the Spanish federation finishes its deliberations on the case.

“We must await the decision of the federation because if he is eventually found to be innocent the damage to his reputation would be almost irreparable,” Rodriguez said. “These things have to be taken with caution.”

Mosquera returned a sample that showed traces of Hydroxyethyl starch after stage 18 of the Vuelta but an investigation into his case is still pending. In the intervening period he has signed for the Vacansoleil-DCM team and was on hand at the squad’s official presentation in Rotterdam on Monday.

Mosquera’s erstwhile Xacobeo Galicia teammate David Garcia also tested positive for the blood plasma volume expander during the race and subsequently returned a positive test for EPO.

Meanwhile, Vuelta a España race director Javier Guillén called for a speedy resolution to the Mosquera affair and expressed his frustration that the results of the 2010 edition of his race are still provisional.

“We need to know whether he will remain in second place,” Guillén told AS. “And then there’s his victory on the Bola del Mundo. We’d like to know if the first winner on that climb will keep his victory.”

Eventual race winner Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Doimo) was second on stage 20 to the inaugural mountain top finish.

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Barry Ryan

Barry Ryan is European Editor at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation (opens in new tab), published by Gill Books.