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Pantano returns adverse finding for EPO, suspended by Trek-Segafredo

Joe Robinson
15 Apr 2019

Colombian provisionally suspended by UCI with opportunity to request B-sample test

Trek-Segafredo have suspended Colombian climber Jarlison Pantano after confirming he returned an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for Erythropoietin, commonly known as EPO, in an out-of-competition control.

The team confirmed in a statement released on Monday afternoon that the 30-year-old would be suspended with immediate effect in accordance to the team's zero-tolerance stance to doping.

The statement read: 'It is with deep disappointment that we have just learned that our rider, Jarlinson Pantano, has been notified of an adverse analytical finding in a sample collected during an out-of-competition control carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation.

'In accordance with our zero-tolerance policy, he has been suspended immediately. We hold our riders and staff to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available.'

The UCI then confirmed in its own statement that the Colombian had returned an AAF for Erythropoietin in an out-of-competition test taken on 26th February 2019, two days after Pantano had finished 20th overall at the Tour du Haut Var in France.

The Colombian then went onto race Paris-Nice two weeks later, finishing 54th on General Classification.

In its own statement, the UCI added that 'the control was planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling.'

It also confirmed that Pantano 'has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample' but added that 'in accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.'

Pantano is a previous Grand Tour stage winner who came to prominence at the 2016 Tour de France while riding for the Swiss IAM Cycling team.

He took Stage 15 to Culoz as well as two further second-place stage finishes while also finishing third in the polka dot mountain classification.

These results earned Pantano a move to Trek-Segafredo in 2017. His most recent win was Stage 5 of the Volta a Cataluyna in 2018.

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