Eritrean Natnael Berhane (Europcar) finally inherited the historic Presidential Tour of Turkey title after Turkish Cycling Federation confirms the doping offence and formally stripped off the victory title from the controversial winner Mustafa Sayar.
The surprise victory by a relatively unknown Mustafa Sayar and his dramatic performance on stage six with eight seconds clear of against riders and teams with far more experience raised eyebrows and questions.
Sayar, however, brushed off the questions and suspicions, saying, “I am a clean and credible winner.”
A provisional suspension later enforced after tests return positive for a banned blood-boosting substance in his urine sample that he gave at earlier race in Algeria.
A hearing panel, earlier this month, convened by the Turkish Cycling Federation to conclude that Mustafa Sayar indeed commits an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules and for that decided to strip off his title and pass it to the next inline, which is Natnael Berhane of Europcar.
Congratulations Natnael and Eritrea.
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