China's cycling authority has confirmed that Li Fuyu, Lance Armstrong's RadioShack teammate and China’s first professional cyclist, has failed a doping test.
The 31-year-old rider was provisionally suspended by the UCI in April after Clenbuterol was found in his 'A' sample following an in-competition test during the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in Belgium the previous month. Now his 'B' sample has been returned positive too.
"Now there is no doubt of him being not positive for doping," Zhang Bin, secretary-general of the Chinese Cycling Association, was quoted as saying on China Daily.
"No matter what his excuse was, and no matter how prominent he is in China cycling, the result has been confirmed and it is impossible to change."
China is expected to let the UCI know this month about what punishment it will impose. Zhang didn’t reveal the possible penalty, but China’s anti-doping policy would suggest Li will probably face a two-year ban.
Li joined RadioShack in the close season. His team said in April that he would be removed if the test were confirmed.
Both the UCI and RadioShack were unavailable for comment.