For­mer Olympic cham­pion Sanchez fails dop­ing test

Weekend Mirror - - CHILDREN’S CORNER -

(Reuters) - Spain’s for­mer Olympic cham­pion Sa­muel Sanchez has been sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect after test­ing pos­i­tive for banned growth hor­mones, cy­cling’s gov­ern­ing body said on Thurs­day.

Sanchez, 39, won the 2008 Olympic road race in Bei­jing and five in­di­vid­ual stages in the Vuelta a Es­pana be­tween 2005 and 2007 as well as an in­di­vid­ual stage on the 2011 Tour de France.

He will now miss this year’s Vuelta, which be­gins on Satur­day in Nimes, France.

The Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale (UCI) said in a state­ment on its web­site that Sanchez had been no­ti­fied of an “Ad­verse An­a­lyt­i­cal Find­ing (AAF) of GHRP2*” from an out-of-com­pe­ti­tion test on Aug. 9.

“The rider has the right to re­quest and at­tend the anal­y­sis of the B sam­ple. In ac­cor­dance with UCI Anti-Dop­ing Rules, the rider has been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended un­til the ad­ju­di­ca­tion of the affair,” the UCI said.

GHRP-2 refers to GH- Re­leas­ing Pep­tides (GHRPs), which are clas­si­fied as “Pep­tide Hor­mones, Growth Fac­tors, Re­lated Sub­stances and Mimet­ics” on the World Anti-Dop­ing Agency’s 2017 Pro­hib­ited List.

Sanchez’s team BMC Rac­ing im­me­di­ately an­nounced his sus­pen­sion and said he would be re­placed by Loic Vliegen in the Vuelta.

“In ac­cor­dance with BMC Rac­ing Team’s zero tolerance pol­icy and UCI reg­u­la­tion, Sanchez has been pro­vi­sion­ally sus­pended with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” BMC said in a state­ment.

“Un­til the re­sults of the B sam­ple are pro­vided, no fur­ther ac­tion will be taken. All rid­ers and staff are held to the high­est eth­i­cal stan­dard and BMC Rac­ing Team is ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed to share this news on the eve of the Vuelta a Es­pana.”

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