The slow wheels of cycling justice are finally in motion in the case involving Ezequiel Mosquera dating back to the 2010 Vuelta a España.
According to reports in the Spanish media (www.farodevigo.es), a judge presiding over the case is recommending to the Spanish Cycling Federation that the Vuelta runner-up receive a two-year ban for testing positive for Hydroxyethyl starch.
The case has been wrought with controversy since the beginning. The UCI delayed in providing necessary documentation in the case until this spring.
Hydroxyethyl starch can be used as a masking agent for EPO, but is only banned if taken with injections. Mosquera, who did not test positive for EPO, claims his innocence and says the product entered his body accidentally.
Mosquera, who signed a big-money deal with Vacansoleil, did not race at all during the 2011 season.