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Three Colombian cyclists charged with doping offenses

Three cyclists with the Italian-Colombian cycling team Selle Italia have been placed under formal investigation by Modena magistrates after doping products were discovered in the team's car, judicial sources said Tuesday. The riders are José Gonzalez, Freddy Gonzalez, and Ruber Marin. Team manager Gianni Savio, sporting directors Fabio Becherini and Enzo Erluison, and team doctor Nino Alberto Beltran, who was driving the car, have also been charged. On March 22 the car was stopped for a routine police check but the officers found chemical products including anabolic steroids, corticoids

By VeloNews Interactive

Three cyclists with the Italian-Colombian cycling team Selle Italia have been placed under formal investigation by Modena magistrates after doping products were discovered in the team’s car, judicial sources said Tuesday.

The riders are José Gonzalez, Freddy Gonzalez, and Ruber Marin. Team manager Gianni Savio, sporting directors Fabio Becherini and Enzo Erluison, and team doctor Nino Alberto Beltran, who was driving the car, have also been charged.

On March 22 the car was stopped for a routine police check but the officers found chemical products including anabolic steroids, corticoids and growth hormone. All are on the International Olympic Committee list of banned substances.

Beltran maintained they were for Colombian clients and not the riders.

Relevant documents were handed over to the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) but Modena investigators, working under the auspices of Italy’s new tougher anti-doping laws, also launched their own probe.

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