The Canadian Cycling Association has condemned cheaters in its sport after a second athlete tested positive for doping at an event in Canada.
The Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport announced a two-year ban for Miguel Agreda after he admitted to using erythropoietin and ephedrine in a blog post last month.
Agreda claimed he used the banned substances during the Quebec road racing championships on Aug. 28. His admission on Oct. 21 came just days after Arnaud Papillon of Longueuil, Que., was handed a two-year ban for blood doping.
Agreda’s suspension was announced Monday after the CCES completed its investigation.
“It is disconcerting to learn that any rider would resort to doping but even harder to comprehend at this level,” CCA chief executive officer and secretary general Greg Mathieu said. “Cheaters need to know that the Canadian Cycling Association and CCES are collaborating to ensure testing at all levels and types of races. This example of catching a cheater at a provincial event is indicative of the level of resolve we have to rid our sport of doping and those that support such practices.”
Agreda, who is from Peru but was competing for the Quebec-based Garneau-Club Chaussures-Norton Rose team when he was doping, will be eligible to compete again on Oct. 20, 2013.