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Team manager says Mosquera and Garcia were unaware of doping test results before announcement

Ezequiel Mosquera's team manager says the rider was not notified of a positive test result before the UCI announced the results.

Spanish riders Ezequiel Mosquera and David Garcia Da Pena, who each failed dope tests according to the UCI, have not been officially informed of the results, their manager said Thursday.

“As of this moment, neither of the two riders has any received notification,” Juan Campos, manager of Xacobeo-Galicia, told AFP.

The UCI earlier Thursday said Tour of Spain runner-up Mosquera and his teammate Garcia have both tested positive for a banned substance, Hydroxyethyl Starch, also known as HES.

The samples of both riders were tested at a WADA (World Anti Doping Agency)-accredited laboratory in Cologne.

Campos complained that in such a case, “the first thing for the international bodies to do is to inform the riders, and then the media.”

He said “the only doubt” that Mosquera has is that “he took a serum that as of now is not banned by the” UCI, in the 15th stage of the Tour of Spain, an individual time trial, on September 15.

Mosquera finished second behind Italian Vincenzo Nibali in the three-week Vuelta a Espana earlier this month.