Spanish rider Jose Antonio Redondo has been provisionally suspended by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) for failing an out-of-competition dope test taken in March.

Redondo returned a positive result for methyltestosterone metabolites – indicating possible steroid abuse – from a urine sample taken on March 13, 2009. The UCI notified Redondo on April 9 of his suspension, but only publicly released details of the case on Friday, May 1.

The Andalucia-Cajasur rider will not be allowed to compete until the Spanish Cycling Federation holds a hearing to determine whether he has committed a doping violation.

According to UCI rules, Redondo has the right to request that his ‘B’ sample also be tested.

It is not the first time that Redondo has had a brush with controversy, having been ejected from the Astana team in September 2007 for failing to abide by the squad’s code of conduct. Before that he was part of the blighted Liberty Seguros team.

Redondo has no significant results in his professional palmares.

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