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‘It was a total surprise’: Samuel Sanchez says he has a ‘clear conscience’ after positive drugs test

Samuel Sanchez tested positive for a growth hormone on August 9 Yuzuru Sunada

2008 Olympic champion tests positive for growth hormone GHRP-2


Samuel Sanchez has expressed his “surprise” at being informed that he had failed a doping test in the build-up to the Vuelta a España.

The 2008 Olympic road race champion tested positive for growth hormone GHRP-2 in an out-of-competition test on August 9, and has now been provisionally suspended.

His A-sample having tested positive, Sanchez has requested the right to attend the testing of his B-sample, and expressed disbelief at the news of his positive test.

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“The lawyers have told me not to make statements because we have to wait for the result of the analysis of the B-sample,” Sanchez told AS.

“It is an adverse result, not a positive result, but in any case for me it has been a total surprise, I cannot believe it.”

Three times a podium finisher in Grand Tours, including second place in the 2010 Tour de France following the disqualifications of Alberto Contador and Denis Menchov, the 39-year-old Sanchez was out of contract at BMC Racing and had been expected to retire after the Vuelta a España.

Instead, Sanchez will not ride his home Grand Tour, with BMC Racing immediately suspending him and bringing in Loïc Vliegen as a replacement for their Vuelta line-up.

Sanchez, who had already travelled to the start of the race in Nîmes where he was told the news, said that he had a “clear conscience” in relation his test.

“I have heard the news in Nimes, and now I’m going home to wait for events [to unfold],” the Spaniard continued.

“I found out this morning, they told me by phone and email and I couldn’t believe it.

“I’m 39 years old, I’m 19 years a professional and I’m about to retire, why would I do this?”

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