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Mosquera facing two-year ban

Mosquera winning stage 20 of the 2010 Vuelta. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Spanish authorities are poised to give Ezequiel Mosquera a two-year ban in his long-running doping case dating back to the 2010 Vuelta a España.

Spanish media are reporting that the competition committee of the Spanish cycling federation is set to hand down a maximum ban to the veteran rider after he tested positive for traces of hydroxyethyl starch en route to finishing second overall in the Vuelta last year.

Mosquera, 36, says he will likely never race again. Speaking to the Spanish wire service, EFE, Mosquera says he feels “resigned.”

“I still don’t have any official communication, but I know I am always the last to know about these things. I am resigned, because no matter what you do, it doesn’t serve for anything,” he said. “I felt sentenced from the first moment and the news isn’t a big surprise to me.”

The product is banned when taken intravenously and is considered a masking agent for EPO. Though Mosquera’s lawyers argued that it could not be proven how it entered his system and suggested it came from a nutritional supplement, the Spanish authorities appear poised to sanction him a full two seasons.

Mosquera has always maintained his innocence in the case, which took more than a year to finally get before the Spanish cycling federation.

His ex-teammate, David Garcia, also tested positive for the starch, but he also popped for EPO, and was also given a full two-year ban. Mosquera did not test positive for EPO, but he also appears to be given a full ban.

Oscar Sevilla, who also had a similar case to Mosquera’s, was only banned six months.

Mosquera had signed a big-money contract to join Vacansoleil for 2011, but he never raced with the Dutch outfit.

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