Colombian racer Mario Paz Duque has tested positive for Erythropoietin (EPO) and has been disqualified and banned lifetime from all Trimble racing events.
The Carrera-sponsored racer finished 38th place in the series and tested positive for EPO use after being tested on Oct. 1 at Red Hook Milano.
The tests were conducted by an independent company, Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory who is a World Anti-Doping Agency accredited facility.
"As the RHC has evolved so have our anti-doping efforts with the support of leading experts in the field," said Red Hook administrators In a statement released this morning. "We will continue in-competition testing at the RHC, and going forward all athletes will also be subject to out-of-competition tests."
The news comes as a shock to many, as Duque spent some time in local races in Los Angeles during his time in the states. The athlete finished second to Justin Williams in the Wolfpack Shortline Criterium in Long Beach earlier this year.
Already disgruntled fans are posting doping emojis and comments on Duque's social media portals, accusing him of cheating.
We have reached out to Duque and David Trimble for commenting. This is a developing story.