Spanish rider Jimenez suspended for doping

Caught at Tour of Portugal

Spanish Eladio Sanchez Prado competes during the cycling individual time trial race of the XV Mediterranean Games, 29 June 2005 in Almeria, southern Spain


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.

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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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