On 8 June 2009, the UCI advised Spanish rider Antonio Colom Mas that he is provisionally suspended. The decision to provisionally suspend Mr Colom Mas was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Madrid indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of Recombinant EPO in a urine sample collected from him at an out of competition test on 2 April 2009 .
This adverse finding is a direct result of a targeted test conducted on Mr Colom Mas using information in his blood profile and knowledge of his upcoming race schedule.
The provisional suspension remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation determines whether Mr Colom Mas has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.
Mr Colom Mas has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.
He shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.
UCI Press Service