Spanish rider Jimenez suspended for doping

Caught at Tour of Portugal

World cycling's ruling body has provisionally suspended Spanish cyclist Eladio Jimenez Sanchez after he failed a doping test taken during the Tour of Portugal.

The International Cycling Union said in a statement that it had taken the decision after a laboratory in Madrid found "recombinant EPO in a urine sample collected from him during the Volta a Portugal on 12 August 2009."

The suspension will remain in force until a panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation rules on whether the cyclist has flouted anti-doping regulations, added the UCI.

© AFP 2009

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