Samuel Sánchez He has been retired for almost two years. The last time he dressed as a professional runner was on August 17, 2017, a damn day in Barcelona. He arrived at his hotel in Nîmes, from where the Vuelta a España departed, after training with his colleagues from the missing BMC team and there he was officially given the news. I had tested positive with growth hormone. If confirmed doping could receive up to four years of punishment and return to his squad most of the salary received. Since then, helped by a team of lawyers, the Olympic champion of Beijing 2018, he was struggling to prove that if the banned substance had appeared in the control it had been against his will.
The International Cycling Union (UCI) gave this Monday in part the reason for imposing the minimum sanction, two years, and financially relieve it by not issuing any type of fine against him. On August 19 of this year I could already run again, if I wanted to, but at 41 years old Samuel Sánchez already contemplates other options in life.
Many months of study
The ICU had been thinking about his case for almost two years and in the end he decided that there was "no intentionality of doping" and that the appearance of the substance could be due to a contaminated food. That is, a resolution similar to the one that was taken in his day with the famous 'sirloin case' of Alberto counter. The lack of intention does not save the athlete from the penalty even if it causes the punishment to be the minimum established. The UCI currently imposes four-year sanctions and the obligation to return to the team most of the ticket that the runner receives.
In an open letter Samuel Sánchez he proclaimed again that he was innocent of having voluntarily doped and accepted the punishment imposed to shelve the darkest issue of his sporting career.
Podium in Tour and Vuelta
Professional mainly in the Euskaltel, 'Samu', as he was known in the peloton, debuted in the year 2000. His greatest success was the Beijing Olympic title. The disqualifications made him ascend to the second place of the Tour 2010 and climbed twice to the podium of the Vuelta, race in which he achieved five stage victories. In the Tour of 2011 he won the classification of the mountain after triumphing in the main stage of the Pyrenees.
Since it was known the positive is dedicated to promote a cycling school in his native Oviedo and has barely been publicly seen except for some races and public events in Asturias.
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