Igor Astarloa banned two years, fined for doping

Retired 2003 world champion fails biological passport assessment

Spain's retired 2003 world road race champion Igor Astarloa has been banned from cycling for two years and fined €35,000 for doping, the International Cycling Union said Wednesday.

The UCI said it had asked the Spanish Cycling Federation to investigate Astarloa "for a breach of the Anti-Doping Rules on the basis of his biological passport."

Following the probe, the displinary commission of the Spanish Cycling Federation decided to impose the fine as well as ban the rider for two years from November 26, 2010, said the UCI.

© AFP 2010

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