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Polish brothers who took 1-2 in U23 World CX Championships test positive for EPO

Pair targeted due to blood value suspicions under biological passport programme

The sport of cyclo-cross was left reeling today after cycling’s governing body, the UCI, revealed that two of its brightest young talents, Polish brothers Pawel and Kacper Szczepaniak who finished first and second in January’s Under-23 World Championships at Tabor, Czech Republic, had tested positive for Recombinant EPO.

The pair were subject to targeted urine tests following that race after suspicions were raised as a result of anomalies in blood samples taken before the event under the biological passport programme.

Both riders have been provisionally suspended pending a hearing by the Polish Cycling Federation to ascertain whether one or both of them have committed a violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, and they retain the right to request and attend analysis of their B samples.

In the event that the positive tests are confirmed and the brothers disqualified from their Under-23 World Championship placings, third-placed Arnaud Jouffroy from France would be promoted to first, with Tom Meeusen of Belgium moving up to second and another Pole, Marek Konwa, taking third place.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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