Frenchman Steve Houanard (Ag2r) has been provisionally suspended and removed from the Tour of Beijing after failing an out-of-competition test for EPO on September 21.

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announced the test result on Tuesday evening, after Houanard had taken part in the opening stage of the final WorldTour race in China.

Houanard’s case has now been passed to the French Cycling Federation for a dsciplinary hearing, and he has the right to request that his B sample is also tested.

Houanard was without a contract for the 2013 season after Ag2r had not renewed.