April 14, 2005
Hondo suspended, dropped by Gerolsteiner
Gerolsteiner sprinter Danilo Hondo, who twice tested positive for the stimulant carphedon at the Vuelta a Murcia, has been fired by his team.
Hondo's B sample, tested by a lab in Madrid, confirmed the initial findings. Gerolsteiner, a German mineral-water company, issued a press release (in German):
Gerolsteiner's statement added: "We're sorry that it has involved Danilo Hondo, but we support all measures against doping. It is one of the pillars of our contracts."
Hondo will most likely be suspended for two years by the Swiss cycling federation.
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