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The Phonak Cycling Team was informed by Swiss Cycling that Fabrizio Guidi's B test, taken on September 21, 2005, in connection with an out-of-competition check ahead of the Hamburg Cyclassics ProTour race has come back negative for EPO. Therefore, the team has announced that the proceedings against the 33 year-old Italian will be stopped. The team's temporary suspension against Guidi was lifted immediately after the announcement on Friday afternoon.

Aitor Gonzalez denies

Although Euskaltel's Aitor Gonzalez has received an official document informing him that he tested positive during the Vuelta a España for what the biggest Spanish newspaper, El Pais , claims to be an anabolic metabolite, the Spanish rider denies having taken "any prohibited substance whatsoever."

While the affair started a few days ago with only rumours to supply it, Gonzalez was since notified by the UCI - but not his team, who has not taken any action against its rider yet. "Aitor has received an official note, but he insists that he's taken nothing," said Euskaltel team manager Miguel Madariaga. "He's shaken up, and the letter caught him by surprise. The team still hasn't received anything official."

Gonzalez' representative, Ángel Buenache, believes that the leaking of the information to the press is related to the quarrels between the UCI and RFEC, the Spanish Cycling Federation. "It's alarming that this notice leaks after there has been a series of complaints against the UCI by the RFEC," Buenache told Spanish daily Marca . "This is directed against Spanish cycling."

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