Nairo Quintana launches appeal against Tour de France disqualification at CAS

Nairo Quintana launches appeal against Tour de France disqualification at CAS
Nairo Quintana launches appeal against Tour de France disqualification at CAS

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Nairo Quintana’s attempt to overturn his disqualification from this year’s Tour de France has reached the next phase.

Switzerland’s Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) began its review of the case after Quintana appealed the UCI’s decision to it.

The Colombian rider took sixth place overall as well as stages two and five on the Tour, but those results were overturned by the UCI last month when it announced he had tested positive for tramadol.

The opiate painkiller is not banned by WADA but the UCI introduced bans on use as part of its health protocol in 2019. It said analysis of two dried blood samples provided by the runner on July 8 and 13 revealed the presence of tramadol and its two main metabolites.

Quintana lost his Tour results and was hit with a CHF 5,000 fine. He denied ever using tramadol and said he would take a case to the SAE.

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That court released a statement on Thursday confirming that the appeal was pending.

“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered the appeal lodged by the Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana against the decision rendered by the medical director of the UCI on August 17, 2022 (the contested decision) in which he was found guilty of having breached UCI medical regulations. Rules (presence of tramadol in competition) and sanctioned by the disqualification of the results he obtained in the Tour de France 2022 and a fine of CHF 5,000.

“CAS arbitration has begun. There will be an exchange of written submissions while the Panel
arbitrators who will decide the case are appointed. Once constituted, the Panel will issue
procedural instructions to the parties, including with respect to the holding of a hearing.

The court added that at this time is not possible to indicate when the final decision will be announced.

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Quintana signed a new three-year contract with Arkéa-Samsic on August 16, just a day before the UCI issued its statement announcing its disqualification from the Tour de France. The Colombian mountaineer denied using tramadol and said the positive tests came as a “surprise”.

“Today I realized by surprise the news from the UCI of an infraction for the use of tramadol,” he said. “I am totally unaware of the use of this substance, and I deny having used it during my career.

“Along with my legal team, we will exhaust all means to prepare my defence.”

He then committed to taking part in the Vuelta a España but then announced the following day that he would miss the race in order to concentrate on his CAS appeal. He has not raced since the Tour de France.

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