Doctor with link to banned riders fired

Updated: September 19, 2009, 9:37 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

TOLEDO, Spain -- The Xacobeo-Galicia cycling team has fired its Spanish Vuelta doctor because of his links to three riders on another team who have tested positive for CERA, a form of the banned blood-booster EPO, the team said on Saturday.

Xacobeo-Galicia said in a news release that Colombian doctor Alberto Beltran, hired especially for the Vuelta, had been fired as a "preventative measure."

Beltran previously had worked for Liberty Seguros. Three riders on that team, Isidro Nozal ...

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