News feature, July 29, 2006
Six years, 11 doping scandals: The Phonak legacy
Jochen Summer in early 2001
Mathias Buxhofer in 2002
American Tyler Hamilton
Spanish rider Santi Perez.
Slovenian rider Tomas Nose
Fabrizio Guidi tested positive for EPO, but his B sample returned a negative result, so he was cleared, and is still racing with the team.
Op Puerto: Jose Enrique Gutierrez of Spain, nicknamed "El Bufalo",
Op Puerto: Colombian Santiago Botero;Botero has subsequently retired from cycling.
American Floyd Landis
Sascha Unweider - high level testosterone Spring 2006:
The Disciplinary tribunal for dopingaffairs of the Swiss Olympic Committee has suspended ex-Phonak rider Sascha Urweider (Swi) for 2 years, till 12th April 2008. He was "positive" for Testosteron after an out-of-competition control on 14th February 2006.
Also the test B sample of the urine of Sascha Urweider (Swi) was positive for testosterone, according to Swiss sources. So the rider will probably be fired by his team Phonak and suspended by the Swiss Olympic Committee
"Other riders have been caught up in the T/E ratio web and some have been cleared after proving with endocrine testing they have naturally high occurring testosterone levels.
Most famously was ex-Phonak teammate Santiago Botero, who tested for high levels in 1999 but was eventually cleared. Botero, incidentally, is implicated in the "Operación Puerto" doping investigation in Spain and was not allowed by his team to start the 2006 Tour.
Last year's Dauphiné Libéré winner Iñigo Landaluze also tested high for testosterone. Subsequently, the Spanish federation ruled that he had normally high levels of testosterone and cleared him to race, a decision the UCI is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).Earlier this season, another Phonak rider, Sascha Urweider, was suspended from the team for revealing high levels of testosterone. "
Yes, iShares stepped in as sponsor knowing Phonak’s history with doping – 10 riders caught in seven seasons, culminating in the disastrous 2004 campaign when Oscar Camenzind, Tyler Hamilton, Santiago Perez were all busted and the team swept clean of management in an effort to change the culture at the team.
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