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Mikel Astarloza suspended after positive test for EPO

Provisional suspension from test after Tour

Mikel Astarloza, the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider who won stage 16 of this year's Tour de France, has been suspended following a positive test for EPO, the UCI announced today. The positive result comes from a sample of urine given on 26 July, the day the Tour finished, so although it's classed as an 'out of competition' test the result clearly tarnishes somewhat the image of this year's Tour, which until now had managed to avoid any scandal.

The WADA laboratory in Madrid returned a "adverse analytical finding of recombinant EPO" in the A sample, and Astarloza was pulled from the Clásica San Sebastián, which begins on saturday, as a result. Under UCI rules, Astarloza is entitled to attend the test of his B sample, and could face a ban of two years and the nullification of his Tour results. 

Neither Astarloza nor his team have issued a statement as yet, we'll post more details when we have them. Not everyone's been so reticent though. "Astarloza, you're a wanker", tweeted Robbie McEwen earlier. "While I'm at it, Ricco - stay gone, we don't want you back amongst us. Go ride with Kohl."

Dave is a founding father of, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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dave atkinson | 14 years ago

yeah, we're definitely going to disqualify you.

oh wait, i had him too...  1

Jon Burrage | 14 years ago

It astounds me that someone can celebrate with such passion even when they know theyre on somthing. My second place in fantasy tour de france feels a little tarnished.

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