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PARIS (AFP) — Venezuelan climber Jose Rujano has been dropped from the Vacansoleil-DCM team for the Giro d’Italia, which starts in Naples on Saturday, as a precaution due to his implication in a doping case.
Rujano, who finished third at the Giro in 2005, was named in an inquiry into a doping case in Italy relating to 2009 and 2010. Vacansoleil said he has not taken a banned substance but management preferred to play it safe.
“The products concerning Rujano are not on the banned list. If we stick to the rules, he could race, but we preferred not to take a risk,” the Dutch team’s manager, Daan Luijkx, said.
The 31-year-old has been replaced by Belgian debutant Willem Wauters.
Vacansoleil-DCM for 2013 Giro d’Italia:
Grega Bole (SLO)
Martijn Keizer (NED)
Maurits Lammertink (NED)
Pim Ligthart (NED)
Marco Marcato (ITA)
Rob Ruijgh (NED)
Jose Rujano (VEN)
Rafael Valls (ESP)
Frederik Veuchelen (BEL)
Willem Wauters (BEL)