Iban Mayo positive for epo

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31/07/07/ After Alexander Vinokourov and Cristian Moreni, this years Tour de France has his third doping case. Saunier Duval's Iban Mayo was tested positive for epo. Mayo denied to have taken epo.

Iban Mayo: "That's impossible" (picture: Saunier Duval)

The 29 year old Basque rider was suspended byhis team, Saunier Duval, on Monday evening. In a statement the team said that they were notified by the International Cycling Union (UCI) that "Iban Mayo had tested positive for EPO following a test on July 24, which was a rest day on the Tour de France." The statement continued with: "In line with the fight against doping that the team fully support, the rider was immediately suspended without pay until the B sample has been tested. If this is confirmed as positive as well, the team will terminate his [Mayo's] contract."

In a reaction, Iban Mayo said today: "That's impossible".

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