Jarlinson Pantano retires in wake of EPO positive but says he's innocent

The Colombian says he doesn't see the point in spending his money to fight the UCI verdict

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Former Tour de France stage winner, Jarlinson Pantano is retiring from cycling seeing no way to defend himself against an EPO anti-doping positive test earlier this year.

He raced for WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo since 2017, joining after winning the Culoz stage in the 2016 Tour with Team IAM Cycling. However, a drugs test showed positive for the blood booster drug earlier this year and led to him being fired.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.