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Mayo cleared after negative B test

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  • Iban Mayo has been cleared of doping by the Spanish cycling federation
  • Mayo tested positive for the blood-booster EPO during the Tour de France
  • However, the case has been closed after Mayo's B sample proved negative
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MADRID, Spain -- The Spanish cycling federation have cleared Saunier Duval rider Iban Mayo, who failed a drugs test during this year's Tour de France, after a second test proved negative.

Mayo has been given the all-clear to continue riding after his B sample at the Tour de France proved negative.

The federation has informed Mayo "that the B sample had come out negative and for this reason it had ended" its inquiry, confirmed Mayo's lawyer Jose Rodriguez.

The newsd has been confirmed by the federation, who revealed there had been a mistake with the rider's first sample.

Mayo, a specialist climber, tested positive for blood-booster EPO during the Tour on July 24 and would have been suspended for a minimum of two years if his B sample had proved positive as well.

Mayo, who finished 16th in the Tour, was suspended without pay by his team while they awaited the results on his B sample.

It is not the first time Mayo has been implicated in a doping case.

In June, he was suspected of having failed a test for testosterone, the banned male sex hormone, during the Giro d'Italia but was later cleared by the UCI which ruled he had not breached any doping rules. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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