Mexican cyclist Jose Alfredo Aguirre was arrested at Alicante airport by Spanish customs officials in April for transporting EPO in his baggage.
Spanish newspaper AS report that the Mexican carried the illegal drug in his carry-on luggage, but the rider claims he was carrying the contraband on behalf of Jose Maldonado and that he wasn’t aware of the EPO.
“I did not know I was involved in a mess,” he said. “I threw the bag in the suitcase without covering it. It was mixed with clothing. I didn't know I was doing anything forbidden, just a favour. However, I assume the consequences of my behaviour and any sanctions assigned to me because of this stupidity.”
No sanctions have been passed down to Aguirre. He participated in several races in 2014, but the Mexican Cycling Federation is currently investigating the case.
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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.
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