Alessandro Petacchi has asked that his ‘B’ sample not be tested and that his case be taken immediately to CONI, the Italian Olympic Committee for adjudication. In an attempt to keep his Tour de France hopes alive, the Italian sprinter feels he has a good case for overturning his ‘non-negative’ finding from the recent Giro.
On June 12th, information leaked that Ale-Jet had tested ‘non-negative’ after winning Stage 11 of the Giro. His urine contained 1320 nanograms of the asthma drug Salbutamol. A reading of over 1000 without medical clearance is considered ‘non good’. If you have medical clearance there is no WADA specified upper limit.
The deal is that Petacchi has a medical clearance to use this drug for his asthma. He is also citing the fact that in 2002, the UCI declared Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano’s reading of 1360 nanograms ‘non-non-negative.’
Also testing ‘non-negative’ was Iban Mayo for high testosterone. Mayo was cleared after reminding the UCI to look under TUE in his file for his Therapeutic Use Exemption as he has a naturally high testosterone level. (Virgins beware) Rule #1 of leaks, check your facts before leaking preliminary test data.
Leonardo Piepoli also tested ‘non-negative’ for Salbutamol after an out of competition test performed during the Giro by CONI found the drug in his urine. Piepoli also reportedly holds a medical clearance for the asthma drug.
I am still waiting to see more information on Danilo Di Luca and his reported low testosterone levels during the Giro. All virgins within 100 miles of the Italian rider are waiting to see if they can unlock their doors.