Cyclist coached by Franck Alaphilippe blames menstrual cycle for EPO positive


French cyclist Marion Sicot has had an abnormal analytical finding for EPO after the French National Championships in June.

The 27-year-old’s positive has raised eyebrows as she was previously coached by Franck Alaphilippe, who also coaches his cousin Julian and was hired following Deceuninck-Quick-Step.

“I just want to say that I am innocent,” Sicot said. “I am now waiting for the analysis of sample B. I haven’t done anything wrong. The level found is very low. I had my period when I was test and the tester made a note. When we have our period, women produce more EPO.

“I have never taken anything and I hope that the truth will quickly emerge. It’s difficult for me because I didn’t do anything and I want to prove it. I’ve even borrowed money from my parents because I want to fight to prove my innocence.”

“That’s got nothing to do with the test. Franck joined Deceuninck-Quick Step and so couldn’t look after me anymore,”

French anti-doping expert Michael Audran pointed out that “the test recognizes the difference between endogenous EPO and exogenous EPO.”


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