Galimzyanov tests positive for EPO

Denis Galimzyanov, Three Days of De Panne 2011, stage two

Russian sprinter Denis Galimzyanov (Katusha) has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned performance-enhancing substance EPO (Erythropoietin).

He registered an Adverse Analytical Finding in an out-of-competition urine test on March 22.

25 year old Galimzyanov is seen as one of the up-and-coming sprinting talents in the peloton; he took his first win of the season at the opening stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe on April 3, before abandoning the next day after a crash, according to a team press release.

His most succesful spell came last year when he won four races, including Paris-Brussels and a Tour of Beijing stage.

Galimzyanov has the right to request the analysis of his B sample.

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