Iban Mayo has claimed that his B analysis for the banned drug EPO carried out during the Tour de France has proved to be negative. Should his claims be confirmed by the UCI, the Spaniard would be cleared of using the banned drug.
Mayo was tested on the second rest-day of the Tour de France in Pau, the results were published the week after the race, and he was suspended by his team, Saunier Duval-Prodir, on the 30th of July, apparently without pay. Since then there has been a considerable delay in confirming Mayo?s ?A? test, which – according to the rider – has been followed by a negative ?B? test.
?It?s been a terrible experience but it?s all over now.? Mayo told Spanish media. ?Things like this make you want to throw in the towel.?
Mayo?s team manager Mauro Gianetti told CW that he had heard rumours on the Internet that the Spaniard had been cleared but as yet had had no official confirmation from the UCI.
?It?s too early to make any comment, as yet we?ve had nothing official like a communique either from the UCI or the Spanish Cycling Federation. We?ll just have to see.?