What is Menotropin - the drug that has landed Miguel Ángel López with a four-year doping ban?

Colombian has received a lengthy doping ban relating to findings from the 2022 Giro d’Italia

Miguel Angel Lopez
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It was announced by the UCI this week that Colombian cyclist Miguel Ángel López has received a four-year suspension for an anti-doping violation. 

López’s name had been linked for months to Operación Ilex, an anti-doping investigation in Spain, which has now resulted in the lengthy suspension for the former Astana Qazaqstan rider. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.