Marion Sicot blames menstrual cycle for EPO positive

The French rider says the incident is not linked to former coach Franck Alaphilippe

Marion Sicot at the Prix De Plouay Lorient Agglo Trophee 2018 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Marion Sicot, a French professional rider, has blamed her EPO positive on the fact women can have higher levels of EPO during their menstrual cycle.

Sicot reportedly tested positive for EPO in a test at the French time trial championships in June, coming tenth in the race against the clock before finishing ninth in the road race. She then pulled out of La Course, the women's race run during the Tour de France, after being told of her A sample testing positive.

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