UCI announces Ghent-Wevelgem winner has returned a positive sample

Luca Paolini has tested positive for cocaine following an anti-doping test conducted at the Tour de France.

The Italian rider on the Katusha team returned the positive sample on Tuesday. He will not start Saturday’s stage from Rennes to Mûr de Bretagne.

A UCI statement issued on Friday evening asserts that the 38 year old has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.

“In accordance with UCI Anti-doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair,” read the statement.

Although better known as a recreational drug, cocaine (benzoylecgonine metabolite), a stimulant, is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.

Katusha confirmed in a statement on Friday evening that they had withdrawn the rider from the race immediately. The Russian team added that they would wait for analysis of the B sample before taking any further action.

Paolini finished 172nd, nearly seventeen minutes behind stage winner Tony Martin, on Tuesday’s stage over the cobbles of northern France to Cambrai.

One of the elder statesmen in the peloton, Paolini is famed for his well kept beard Earlier this year, he won Ghent-Wevelgem.

  • Lawrence Smith

    He had it in the bag. Now he hasnt got a sniff.

  • JamesUF

    Old school!

  • Kevino Daviessss

    172nd!!!! I thought he would have been first past the white line ….l

  • Adam Vant

    Paolini’s attempt to win the TDF came up a little snort.

  • Álvaro Guimarães

    And Tosatto rides for Tinkoff Saxo, not Etixx Quick Step.

  • Morgy

    It says, ‘one of the elder…’ and not thee eldest

  • Rocket Russ

    Correction: Matteo Tosatto (Etixx-Quick Step) is the eldest rider at 41yrs.