Mikel Astarloza positive for EPO

Out of competition control catches Tour stage winner

Basque cyclist Mikel Astarloza has tested positive for EPO according to a statement from the UCI, the world governing body for cycling.

Astarloza, who recently won stage 16 and finished 11th overall in the Tour de France, was tested outside competition on June 26. His A sample was analysed by the WADA laboratory in Madrid, who reported an "adverse analytical finding of recombinant EPO".

He has been suspended from racing pending a disciplinary hearing by the Spanish Cycling Federation. If found guilty, his Tour results may be nullified. He may request analysis of his B sample to confirm the result of the A sample.

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