By Nigel Wynn
French rider Rémy Di Gregorio returned an adverse analytical finding for darbepoetin – a form of banned blood-booster EPO – during Paris-Nice in March and has been provisionally suspended from racing.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirmed the test result on Wednesday, April 11, in a brief statement.
According to the UCI, the 32-year-old of the Delko-Marseille Provence KTM team tested positive on March 8, the day of stage five from Salon-de-Provence to Sisteron.
The UCI statement read: "The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces that French rider Rémy Di Gregorio was notified of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of darbepoetin (dEPO) in a sample collected on 8 March 2018 during Paris-Nice.
"This intelligence-led doping control was planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), the independent body mandated by the UCI, in charge of defining and implementing the anti-doping strategy in cycling, with the collaboration of the Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage (AFLD) and the Office central de lutte contre les atteintes à l’environnement et à la santé publique (OCLAESP).
"The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample.
"In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.
"At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on this matter."
Di Gregorio previously rode for the FDJ, Astana and Cofidis teams. He won stage two of the 2018 Tour La Provence in February.
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