Like many of you, Bike Pure was unhappy and disappointed to learn of the doping allegations made against Portuguese cyclist Ruis Costa earlier this week. Many of you will be aware that Costa, a professional cyclist with the Caisse d’Epargne team, is also listed as a Bike Pure role model. While we initially chose to remove Costa’s name from our membership roll, we realize that this may not have been the most effective decision in response to such a challenging situation, and we have decided to restore Costa’s name to our website, using this difficult time as an opportunity to create a protocol for the future to help us in handling any similar cases.
Costa’s A sample tested positive for the use of Methylhexanamine in the Portuguese Time Trial Championships on 25 July 2010. He has subsequently been provisionally suspended by the Portuguese federation pending analysis of his B sample.
Bike Pure does not take a position on Rui Costa’s guilt at this time, and will wait until the final adjudication of the anti-doping case lodged against him before deciding whether or not to revoke Costa’s status as a Bike Pure role model and cancel his membership in the organization. We abhor doping and stand firmly against the use of performance enhancing drug use in sport, but we also respect the fairness of the anti-doping process and express our support and encouragement to all of the parties involved in seeking to resolve this profoundly disappointing situation in which we face ourselves.
Ruis Costa’s profile can be viewed here.