France suspends Gonzalez de Galdeano

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Robert Chung

L'Equipe is reporting that the French anti-doping authority (CPLD) has suspended Igor Gonzalez de
Galdeano (ONCE) for the salbutamol incident from last year's TdF. The suspension will last six
months and applies on French soil. This effectively takes him out of this year's TdF.

This is a turf war between the CPLD (Conseil de prevention et de lutte contre le dopage) and the
UCI. You may recall that during the TdF, IGG was tested with a level of salbutamol that exceeded
1000 ng/ml (he tested at about 1300 ng/ml), and the WADA wanted to sanction him. The UCI's position
is that if the rider has a prescription there is no limit and the WADA backed down. Evidently, the
CPLD has sided with the WADA.

ONCE is going to appeal, but since the suspension is on French soil by the French CPLD, the appeal
can only go to a French court, not the UCI.
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