Dismissed by Astana because of his links with a sulphurous doctor, the Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez assures that he has never doped.
On December 13, Miguel Angel Lopez published a press release denouncing his dismissal from the Astana team, because of his links with a sulphurous doctor, who had been heard for “presumed offense of distribution of unauthorized drugs in Spain “. In July, the runner had first been suspended by the Kazakh team, before being reinstated, but the formation of Alexandre Vinokourov discovered new elements against him and therefore decided to part with him.
Since then, “Superman”, who will celebrate his 29th birthday in early February, has found a new team, Medellin EPM, in the second division, and he spoke about his situation in an interview with ADN Cycling, stating in particular that he had never doped. “ The initial suspension was just a bad moment that happened, a misunderstanding. I have nothing to reproach myself for I am not doped, my biological passport is clean. Then from one moment to the next, it was as if the ground had come away from me. It was very hard, suddenly I discovered that I didn’t have a team, it was December 15, almost Christmas. With the support of my friends and family, I was able to pull through. I decided that I had to race in a team that was not part of the World Tour and I hope that things will return to normal. »
Lopez: “Sometimes you have to take a small step back and then take a big step forward”
The third in the Giro and the Vuelta 2018 is in any case delighted to be racing at home this season, while waiting to find better next year. “It’s a new experience, I’m motivated, I’m looking forward to a new season with great experiences. It’s a bit different from what I expected for 2023, but I’m sure I’ll feel the support from the fans here. They are the best team here in Colombia. Finding a home team was a good thing after what happened. Sometimes you have to take a small step back and then take a big step forward. But will a World Tour team still want him?