Reports today out of Europe say that there are 2 'new' cyclists testing positive in the EPO retest at the 2008 Tour de France although was reported earlier. The new name is Stefan Schumacher who won time trials at the 2008 Tour. The old name is Riccardo Ricco's teammate Leonardo Piepoli. To Cycling Extreme:
German Stefan Schumacher, who surprisingly won both Tour de France individual time trials, has tested positive for a new generation of the Erythropoietin (EP0) called CERA (Continuous Erythropoisis Receptor Activator), according to the web site of French daily sports newspaper, L'Equipe, and as reported by Agency France Press (AFP).
The Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) also announced Leonardo Piepoli, who won the race's 10th stage to Hautacam in the Pyrenees, tested for positive for CERA.Piepoli, climbing specialist, was a key helper of former Saunier Duval teammate Riccardo Riccò, also a double Tour de France stage winner this year. Last week, Ricco was banned for 20 months after testing positive for CERA at the Tour.
Piepoli was kicked off the tour for murky reasons which were unclear; those reasons are clear now.
Italian Riccardo Ricco was expelled from the Tour after testing positive for CERA, while team-mate Leonardo Piepolo twice tested positive for the blood booster.
Schumacher won both time trials during this year's Tour and Hans-Michael Holczer, director of the Gerolsteiner team, told Belgian newspaper La Derniere Heure: "The director of the Tour, Christian Prudhomme, has confirmed [that Schumacher has tested positive] - I have no doubts about it."
Holczer confirmed Schumacher has been suspended by the team, but the German denies any wrongdoing.
"I am hearing it from you for the first time," Schumacher is quoted as telling German news agency SID. "I can only say that I have not doped. This is complete nonsense."
Four cyclists - Manuel Beltran, Moises Duenas, Ricco and Dmitri Fofonov - failed drugs tests at this year's race and were subsequently thrown out of the Tour.