Mikel Astarloza suspended after EPO positive

Mikel Astarloza has been provisionally suspended by the UCI for a positive result for EPO in an out-of-competition test, dating from June 26 2009.

A stage winner in the Tour de France – who also finished 11th overall – the decision to suspend Astarloza was made in light of a report from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Madrid that found traces of the drug in a urine sample.

The provisional suspension will remain in place until a hearing panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation determines whether Astarloza is guilty.

The hearing panel will also make a decision on applicable sanctions, if necessary, and possible disqualification from the Tour de France.