Italian mountain biker Riccardo Chiarini has tested positive for EPO

Italian mountain biker Riccardo Chiarini, who finished fourth overall in the 2014 Absa Cape Epic with partner Roel Paulissen of Belgium (Team Torpado Factory), has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO.
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Image Credit: Nick Muzik/Cape Epic


The former road professional was tested out-of-competition on May 7 this year by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The finding of excessive EPO (erythropoietin) was made in terms of the biological passport system. Torpado, the Italian bicycle manufacturer and team sponsor, confirmed it had been informed of the positive test results and had suspended the rider with immediate effect pending any appeal.

The Absa Cape Epic last year introduced a zero tolerance approach to doping in terms of which anybody found guilty of an offence committed after December 31, 2012, would be banned from the event for life. “As things stand, therefore, Chiarini is suspended from the Absa Cape Epic and will be given a lifetime ban if the finding is confirmed,” said Absa Cape Epic spokesperson Chris Whitfield.

Chiarini and Paulissen won Stage 5 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic on their way to the fourth place overall. In terms of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) testing protocol, at least one of the Torpado riders would have been tested after winning the stage. The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), which carried out the testing at the Absa Cape Epic for the UCI, has not yet released its findings.

Because Chiarini’s out-of-competition test was carried out after the Absa Cape Epic, it does not effect his 2014 race results.

The biological passport system depends on testing of an individual athlete’s biological markers over a period of time. Doping violations are detected by noting variances from established levels.

The Absa Cape Epic’s rule on doping states: “Any person who is under provisional or final sanction by an Anti-Doping Organisation with jurisdiction under the WADA Code (a “person under sanction”) is prohibited from participating or being involved in the race, whether as a rider, team manager or official or in any other capacity whatsoever. Where any such sanction has been made final for an offence committed after 31 December 2012, such prohibition shall apply for the life of the person under sanction (irrespective of the duration of the sanction imposed by the relevant Anti-Doping Organisation).”


87 Comments

Vinnydabutcher, Jun 12 2014 06:55

Goeie werk Baas Speurder Faber!!!!!!

Someone please offer Ricci a big warm cup of Gofarkyoself!

Love the closing caption :

Riccardo Chiarini is no longer welcome at the Cape Epic event.

Pieterg, Jun 12 2014 07:03

Sad

rouxtjie, Jun 12 2014 07:24

Another one bites the dust....slegmens

4th overall at epic...means jack now, my nephew that finished the 5km funride at babbas is a harder mtb'er than him.

MTBeer, Jun 12 2014 07:27

"The former road professional was tested out..."

why am I not surprised.

Jakkals., Jun 12 2014 07:36

"The former road professional was tested out..."

why am I not surprised.


Nope, it happens in every sport.

Li Mu Bai, Jun 12 2014 07:47

Nope, it happens in every sport.

thing is in other sports the consequences seem less... athletics, rugby etc

Meezo, Jun 12 2014 07:48

Chilliboi Rapapela!

Jakkals., Jun 12 2014 07:48

thing is in other sports the consequences seem less... athletics, rugby etc


They get tested less(I know this for a fact). and the one thing that make cycling worse is that it is an entertainment and sensation.

other sports, its normally kept quiet.

DJR, Jun 12 2014 07:58

Good thing they don't test for IQ :whistling: :ph34r:

Adrian Fogg, Jun 12 2014 08:42

Will these poepols ever learn!!!! IDIOTS!!!

shova1, Jun 12 2014 08:45

Perhaps this is way to go. Regardless of UCI punishment, I like this stance where race organisers impose life time bans to their events on dopers.

Squier, Jun 12 2014 08:49

Nice to see the bio passport system working. Thing is, they detected suspicious levels, he never tested positive, if I read correctly. Makes you wonder how many more there are that is getting away with it.

openmind, Jun 12 2014 09:01

Good thing they don't test for IQ :whistling: :ph34r:

A drug test is an IQ test. Only the stupid ones get caught.

Karma, Jun 12 2014 09:05

A drug test is an IQ test. Only the stupid ones get caught. use it


Fixed it for you.

Mr.B, Jun 12 2014 09:07

Fixed it for you.

A drug test is an IQ test. Only the stupid ones get caught. use it / or FAIL it

jcza, Jun 12 2014 09:09

Cycling is still ****** because the dopers are a couple of steps ahead of the testers.

rouxtjie, Jun 12 2014 09:12

Cycling is still ****** because the dopers are a couple of steps ahead of the testers.

jip, justifying it because of X, Y and Z....

Cheaters will cheat...its their thing

Karma, Jun 12 2014 09:19

jip, justifying it because of X, Y and Z....

Cheaters will cheat...its their thing


they should get these people to expose them http://www.cheaters.com/

davetapson, Jun 12 2014 09:20

"has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO" Eh?

What are '"usual levels" of EPO?

Karma, Jun 12 2014 09:24

"has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO" Eh?

What are '"usual levels" of EPO?

  • Erythropoietin (EPO) is a hormone produced by the kidney.

TALUS, Jun 12 2014 09:27

"has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO" Eh?

What are '"usual levels" of EPO?

It is a normally occuring cytokine.

rock, Jun 12 2014 09:28

must say I do appreciate the Cape Epic taking a proper stance against dopers, pity same can't be said for other events and teams, managers, sponsors etc......

N-I-N-J-A, Jun 12 2014 09:36

http://www.cape-epic.com/news/614/


Riccardo Chiarini tested positive for EPO


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Italian mountain biker Riccardo Chiarini, who finished fourth overall in the 2014 Absa Cape Epic with partner Roel Paulissen of Belgium (Team Torpado Factory), has tested positive for unusually high levels of EPO.
The former road professional was tested out-of-competition on May 7 this year by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The finding of excessive EPO (erythropoietin) was made in terms of the biological passport system.

Torpado, the Italian bicycle manufacturer and team sponsor, confirmed it had been informed of the positive test results and had suspended the rider with immediate effect pending any appeal.

The Absa Cape Epic last year introduced a zero tolerance approach to doping in terms of which anybody found guilty of an offence committed after December 31, 2012, would be banned from the event for life.

“As things stand, therefore, Chiarini is suspended from the Absa Cape Epic and will be given a lifetime ban if the finding is confirmed,” said Absa Cape Epic spokesperson Chris Whitfield.

Chiarini and Paulissen won Stage 5 of the 2014 Absa Cape Epic on their way to the fourth place overall.

In terms of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) testing protocol, at least one of the Torpado riders would have been tested after winning the stage. The South African Institute for Drug Free Sport (SAIDS), which carried out the testing at the Absa Cape Epic for the UCI, has not yet released its findings.

Because Chiarini’s out-of-competition test was carried out after the Absa Cape Epic, it does not effect his 2014 race results.

The biological passport system depends on testing of an individual athlete’s biological markers over a period of time. Doping violations are detected by noting variances from established levels.

• The Absa Cape Epic’s rule on doping states: “Any person who is under provisional or final sanction by an Anti-Doping Organisation with jurisdiction under the WADA Code (a “person under sanction”) is prohibited from participating or being involved in the race, whether as a rider, team manager or official or in any other capacity whatsoever. Where any such sanction has been made final for an offence committed after 31 December 2012, such prohibition shall apply for the life of the person under sanction (irrespective of the duration of the sanction imposed by the relevant Anti-Doping Organisation).”

leaboy, Jun 12 2014 09:41

"chop of the day"

rouxtjie, Jun 12 2014 09:53

must say I do appreciate the Cape Epic taking a proper stance against dopers, pity same can't be said for other events and teams, managers, sponsors etc......

Cant agree more....if the UCI is to slapgat to do it, the races will.....zero tolerance is the only way this will be stopped.