Cycling-Vuelta runner-up Mosquera fails dope test

Reuters

Thu, 30 Sep 13:28:00 2010

Vuelta runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera and fellow Spaniard David Garcia Da Pena have both tested positive for a banned substance, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Thursday.

The two men, who are Xacobeo team mates, tested positive for hydroxyethyl starch, the UCI said.

"Earlier today, the UCI advised Spanish riders David Garcia Da Peņa and Ezequiel Mosquera of their Adverse Analytical Findings (presence of Hydroxyethyl starch based on reports from the WADA accredited laboratory in Cologne) in the urine samples collected from them at an in-competition test at the Vuelta a Espaņa on 16 September 2010," the statement said.

Hydroxyethyl starch is a plasma substitute that increases blood volume,, allowing red cells to continue to deliver oxygen to the body. The new scandal erupted after the UCI said earlier on Thursday that Tour de France champion Alberto Contador of Spain had failed a dope test in this year's race.

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