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Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Iñigo Landaluze and Fuji-Servetto rider Ricardo Serrano

have both tested positive for the banned blood boosting drug, EPO.

Landaluze, who is not racing the Tour de France, twice failed anti-doping tests during this year's Dauphine Libere in June, once during the race and once a few days later.

Serrano tested positive for EPO following a doping control during this year's Tour of Switzerland, however, traces of CERA were also found in his blood taken in a pre Giro test on May seventh.

Landaluze's one victory to date was in the 2005 Dauphine Libere, which he won after getting in a break on a transition stage which unexpectedly stayed away to the finish.

Part of the Euskaltel-Euskadi team since he turned pro in 2001, Landaluze has already had problems of a similar nature when he failed an ‘A’ test for testosterone. He was cleared on a technicality after appealing against a ban.

Other Euskaltel-Euskadi riders who have failed anti-doping tests in the past include Txema del Olmo, who was one of the first riders to test positive for EPO, during the 2001 Tour.

Then in 2004 one of their riders, Gorka Gonzalez, was unable to start the Tour because of anomalies in the pre-race health checks.

Landaluze has apparently recognised his guilt, and will not ask for the ‘B’ test to be carried out. Both riders have been provisionaly suspended by the UCI pending a ruling from the Spanish Cycling Federation.

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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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