The doping investigators are once again struck at the tour de France. The Italian Paolini was tested positive for cocaine. The race is finished for him.
For the first time in three years, the tour Announces de France again a positive doping test. Italian cyclist Luca Paolini was tested positive last Tuesday on cocaine , how the UCI Cycling Federation announced on Friday after the seventh stage in Fougères. The driver of the Russian Katusha team was provisionally suspended and taken out of the race as his team announced.
Paolini has the opportunity to apply for the opening of the B sample. Then his team wants to reserve the “further steps”.
In the overall classification of the Spanish stage winner Joaquim Rodriguez’s team-mate is ranked only 168. This season, the 38 year-old Paolini won the Belgian spring classic Ghent-Wevelgem.
At the tour, it is the first doping case since 2012, as the Luxembourg Fränk Schleck was been tested positive for the Verschleierungsmittel Xipamid. The former third in the tour was been blocked for twelve months.
This year, the UCI and the French anti-doping agency AFLD had agreed again a cooperation in the common fight against doping. Cooperation stipulates the poll of targeted controls in addition to the mandatory testing of all drivers before the start of the tour during the race. At the beginning of the tour, the UCI announced also that night controls have been introduced in the meantime. On French territory, this is still not possible due to the legal situation.
Cocaine in cycling rather rare
Whether it actually was a targeted control in Paolini, is rather questionable. Cocaine is more rare than doping in cycling and applies only in the race as a banned substance. The former Belgian world champion Tom Boonen was, caught in 2008 and 2009 for a similar offence which had no major consequences for him.
Athletic, Paolini was entered in the tour not in appearance. He should be blocked, the end of the career threatening him. The previous Giro stage winner in the recent past had won nothing up on Ghent-Wevelgem.