March 14, 2006
Phonak's Urweider suspended for high testosterone
Phonak has yet another positive doping test on its hands. Switzerland's own Sascha Urweider has given a sample that tested positive for illegal levels of testosterone.
The team, which has lost Santiago Perez, Tyler Hamilton, and Oscar Camenzind to doping suspensions in the last two years, has suspended Urweider until his B sample comes back.
In July 2005, Phonak's Fabrizio Guidi tested positive for EPO, but was cleared by his B sample.
Santos Gonzalez was fired by the team in September 2005 after Phonak tests returned undisclosed inconsistencies. Gonzalez is suing Phonak as a result.
Urweider says a nutritional supplement is probably to blame:
"I got the stuff on the Internet from Germany," Urweider said. "I thought a substance from Germany would surely be okay. If it had been something from the US, I would never have tried it."
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Ah, the Barry Bonds defense -- "a nutritional supplement."
Posted by: Fritz at Mar 15, 2006 5:31:08 PM