Radioshack’s Li Fuyu fails doping test

Armstrong teammate tests positive, now faces the sack

by Martin Thomas   August 1, 2010  

Li Fuyu (photo: Vlaam)

China's cycling authority has confirmed that Li Fuyu, Lance Armstrong's RadioShack teammate and China’s first professional cyclist, has failed a doping test.

The 31-year-old rider was provisionally suspended by the UCI in April after Clenbuterol was found in his 'A' sample following an in-competition test during the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in Belgium the previous month. Now his 'B' sample has been returned positive too.

"Now there is no doubt of him being not positive for doping," Zhang Bin, secretary-general of the Chinese Cycling Association, was quoted as saying on China Daily.

"No matter what his excuse was, and no matter how prominent he is in China cycling, the result has been confirmed and it is impossible to change."

China is expected to let the UCI know this month about what punishment it will impose. Zhang didn’t reveal the possible penalty, but China’s anti-doping policy would suggest Li will probably face a two-year ban.

Li joined RadioShack in the close season. His team said in April that he would be removed if the test were confirmed.

Both the UCI and RadioShack were unavailable for comment.

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What a disappointment.

posted by Alankk [121 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 0:58

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A Chinese "sportsman" taking drugs - what a surprise... Drug takers make me Sick

posted by crunch61 [31 posts]
2nd August 2010 - 9:12

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Doping - If the UCI truly has the appetite for stopping drug use, they'll have to make the teams jointly accountable. What's going to happen in Radio Shack's case? Li goes out - another rider comes in. Li will soon be forgotten. They'll hope that the new rider won't get ever caught in the same situation (which is different to hoping that he's not using drugs). If the juiced rider's team were also suitably punished there'd be a wholesale change in the sport. Each and every pro-team is better resourced and organised than the UCI and it would be well within a team's capability to stop drug use overnight. What will do it for them won't be an attack of conscience, instead it will be an attack on their funding. A suspended team, or one which finds its licence revoked, won't attract a sponsor. And, under those circumstances, who'd want to be the rider that let their whole team down?

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posted by simonmb [360 posts]
3rd August 2010 - 4:28

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Agree with last comment. No incentive for teams to stay clean. Amazing this guy could think he could get away with it! 2 year ban? How about for life??

posted by Steve.GiantTCR [17 posts]
3rd August 2010 - 13:30

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The reasons for a 2 year ban is there is a probability tests can be false positive.

If you ban someone for life and the test is rubbished in 5 years time then you could expect the rider to sue UCI for lost revenue of millions and defaming their name.

I've seen scientists false reporting their Data many times like an accountant.

I like my bike but it needs a hidden 25cc motor Smile

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posted by Fish_n_Chips [326 posts]
3rd August 2010 - 13:54

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