Alexandr Kolobnev, Amstel Gold Race 2011

Russian Alexandr Kolobnev of the Katusha team has failed a test for banned substance hydrochlorothiazide at the Tour de France. According to the team, Kolobnev has 'suspended himself' and will not continue in the race.

An in-competition urine sample taken from Kolobnev on Wednesday, July 6, produced an adverse analytical finding for hydrochlorothiazide at the Châtenay-Malabry laboratory, according to a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) statement issued on Monday evening.

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