Mikel Astarloza suspended after EPO positive
Mikel Astarloza wins stage 16 of the Tour de France. The Spaniard has now been provisionally banned after testing positive for EPO.
Mikel Astarloza has been provisionally suspended by the UCI for a positive result for EPO in an out-of-competition test, dating from June 26 2009.
A stage winner in the Tour de France - who also finished 11th overall - the decision to suspend Astarloza was made in light of a report from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Madrid that found traces of the drug in a urine sample.
The provisional suspension will remain in place until a hearing panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation determines whether Astarloza is guilty.
The hearing panel will also make a decision on applicable sanctions, if necessary, and possible disqualification from the Tour de France.