EPO Cera found in Piepoli B-sample

Hopes of clearing his name shattered

Leonardo Piepoli (Saunier Duval) jubilates on the finish line, on July 14, 2008, at the end of the tenth stage of the 2008 Tour de France

Italian cyclist Leonardo Piepoli, one of seven riders to fail a drugs test at the Tour de France, saw his hopes of clearing his name shattered last Friday when his B-sample showed traces of banned blood booster EPO Cera, the French anti-doping sgency (AFLD) said.

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Piepoli tested positive at the end of the 10th stage of this year’s Tour and was then dumped by his Saunier-Duval team.