Friday, July 31, 2009

Astarloza tests positive

The supposedly doping scandal free 2009 Tour de France just lost that title.

Euskaltel-Euskadi's Mikel Astarloza has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO the UCI reported Friday, according to Velonews.

Astarloza won Stage 16, a difficult mountain stage, to much fanfare as it was the first major victory in the professional cycling world for the veteran Basque rider. His only other major win was the Tour Down Under.

UCI rules state that Astarloza has the right to request the analysis of a B-sample but if found positive he could receive a ban of up to two years by the Spanish Cycling Federation.

Astarloza finished the tour in 11th place. He was scheduled to start the Clasica San Sebastian on Saturday, but due to the provisional ban he will not race.

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