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Doping Case at GP Cycliste de Saguenay – Italian Cyclist Tests Positive for EPO

by John Symon

November 07, 2014 (Saguenay, QC) – An Italian cyclist, Luca Benedetti (Amore Vita – Selle SMP), has tested positive for a form of EPO at this year’s Grand prix cycliste de Saguenay reports Radio Canada. The 26-year-old failed a urine test administered on June 6 after the second stage of the competition, testing positive for darbepoetin, a second generation form of EPO (erythropoietin).

GP Saguenay Stage 2 Jerseys (l-r): Asbjorn Kragch Andersen, Luca Benedetti, Jure Kocjan, Eric Young  ©  Johanne Cormier/GP Saguenay

The event organizer, Roger Filion, sees a silver lining in Benedetti’s failed test demonstrating that the doping controls are working.

Benedetti wins Stage 1 at the Tour de Beauce ©  Brian Hodes

Benedetti’s performances early this year are considered astonishing as he won the KOM polka dot jersey at the GP cycliste de Saguenay; was fourth at the Philadelphia Cycling Classic and he also won Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour de Beauce.

Radio Canada article (in French) here.

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