7 Positive tests from Beijing, cyclists implicated

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The IOC announced yesterday that seven positive results had been returned by retroactive tests carried out on samples from last summer's Olympic games.

948 samples were retested for CERA (the new form of EPO that Stefan Schumacher and Bernhard Kohl tested positive for at last year's Tour de France) and Insulin at the Paris and Lausanne laboratories, using the same test used at the 2008 Tour.

Seven adverse analytical findings were reported, concerning six athletes.

"The further analysis of the Beijing samples that we conducted should send a clear message that cheats can never assume that they have avoided detection,? said Arne Ljungqvist, Chairman of the IOC Medical Commission. ?The vast majority of athletes do not seek an unfair advantage. We intend to do all we can to ensure that they have a fair environment for competition."

Although the IOC have refused to comment further, the Associated Press have reported that two of the six athletes were medalists, one of which was a cyclist, the other a gold medalist from track and field.

Italian sports paper Gazzetta Dello Sport went further, saying Davide Rebellin was one of the athletes returning a positive test. Last week's winner of Fleche Wallonne won a silver medal in the Olympic road race. Since then the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) confirmed they had been advised that Rebellin had returned a positive test.


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Simon Richardson
Simon Richardson

Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling when channel surfing in 1989 and happening across the greatest ever edition of the Tour de France. He's been a Greg LeMond fan ever since. He started racing in 1995 when moving to university in North Wales gave him more time to train and some amazing roads to train on. He raced domestically for several years, riding everything from Surrey leagues to time trials, track and even a few Premier Calendars. In 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium with the Kingsnorth International Wheelers. 

Since working for Cycling Weekly he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He can still be seen at his club's evening races through the summer but he still hasn't completed the CW5000 challenge!

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