Entire Iranian team banned after second rider tests positive

Pishgaman Cycling Team banned until early April

An amateur racer has been banned for doping
(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

The UCI has announced that an entire Iranian Continental-level team has been banned for a month after two of their riders tested positive for banned substances in a 12-month period.

The Pishgaman Cycling Team will be banned from competition for 30 days between March 6 and April 6 following a decision of the UCI's Disciplinary Commission.

The team had been facing the ban after team rider Rahim Emami tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids at Jelajah Malaysia stage race on October 18 2016 where Emani won the opening stage and finish fourth overall.

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Previously, Naser Rezavi from the UCI Continental-level team had failed a test for anabolic androgenic steroids on December 11 2015. Rezavi was handed a four-year ban for the infringement.

In December the Disciplinary Commission handed Brazilian team Funvic Soul Cycles-Carrefour a 55-day ban after three of its riders tested positive in a 12-month period

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.