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Phonak's Guidi gives positive test

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Guidi only joined the Phonak team this year after a spell with CSC

LONDON, England -- Swiss cycling team Phonak have been hit by a fresh doping scandal, confirming on Wednesday that Italian Fabrizio Guidi tested positive in July.

The 33-year-old has been suspended by the team with immediate effect ahead of the results of the B sample.

American Tyler Hamilton, Spaniard Santiago Perez and Switzerland's Oscar Camenzind have all tested positive while riding for Phonak in the past two years.

"We have been informed by the UCI that Fabrizio Guidi has tested positive for doping," said a statement released by the team.

"In accordance with the regulations the rider has been suspended until a B test has been analysed."

Guidi, who had been taking part in the Tour of Germany, has 39 career victories since turning professional in 1995.

He joined Phonak from Danish team CSC at the turn of the year.

In a separate development on Wednesday, world governing body the UCI reported that there were no positive dope tests from the urine and blood samples taken from riders during the Tour de France.

A total of 164 samples were taken during July's three-week Tour, the UCI said.

One sample did contain the stimulants pseudoephedrine and norpseudoephedrine. However, the UCI ruled that their presence could arise from the taking of an authorised produce and decided to take no further action.

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