17th February 2020

Further Costa Rica Vuelta suspensions indicate continued doping

Fabricio Quirós and Orlando Quesada have been provisionally suspended after reporting adverse analytical findings (AAFs) at the Costa Rica Vuelta Ciclística Internacional 2019, the national anti-doping commission (CONAD-CR) announced (click here to download). Quirós finished seventh in the general classification after winning Stage Nine of the race. Quesada finished 52nd.

Two other cyclists competing in the same race were provisionally suspended last month. A blood test performed on Roberto Argüello, who finished 13th, indicated that he had undertaken a prohibited blood transfusion, the Costa Rican cycling federation (FECOCI) announced. Amil Munich, understood to be the son of FECOCI Vice President Javier Munich, was provisionally suspended earlier this month after reporting an AAF, CONAD-CR announced (click here to download).

Intelligence-led testing led to the suspension of 12 cyclists at the 2017 edition of the Costa Rica Vuelta…

Javier Munich was re-appointed for two years in March 2019. He was part of a new FECOCI board appointed in March 2017, which promised to to clean up the sport. In December 2017, 12 cyclists were suspended at the Costa Rica Vuelta Ciclística Internacional, following intelligent testing led by FECOCI and the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF).

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