The UCI’s Biological Passport has claimed another target, with the announcement Thursday that the federation has opened disciplinary action against Rabobank’s Carlos Barredo.
“After having informed all the parties concerned (Mr. Barredo, the Consejo Superior de Deportes, the Rabobank Cycling Team and the World Anti-Doping Agency), the International Cycling Union (UCI) announces that a disciplinary procedure has been requested against the Spanish rider Carlos Barredo for apparent violation of the Anti-Doping Rules on the basis of the information provided by the blood profile in his biological passport,” the UCI said in a statement. “The rider shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until a final decision has been made on this matter. Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”
Rabobank has kept Barredo from racing since the Critérium du Dauphiné in June, when the team learned of the UCI’s review of the Spaniard’s passport profile. In 2011, the UCI listed Barredo, along with RadioShack-Nissan’s Yaroslav Popovich, as the most suspicious riders in the passport program in a suspicions list leaked to L’Equipe.
Rabobank isssued its own statement explaining that Barredo has always denied any involvement in doping.
“If it appears that this statement is not true, then that is unacceptable to the team,” the Dutch team declared. “Pending the judgment of the Spanish Federation and the outcome (of the proceedings), Carlos Barredo is suspended… The Rabobank team stands behind the blood passport, the team stands for a clean sport. The Rabobank team is co-initiator of the blood passport and helps
to improve the blood passport.”
Barredo will now have to try to prove that there was nothing untoward with his blood levels between the period in question, 2007 to 2011, or face a two-year ban for doping.
This is not the first time the Spaniard has been in the news for the wrong reasons. During the 2010 Tour de France he started a fight with rival rider Rui Costa after the sixth stage, for which he picked up a two-month ban.
Agence France Presse contributed to this report.