Kolobnev fails Tour doping test


Russian cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev

Kolobnev now faces the prospect of a suspension

Russia’s Alexandr Kolobnev has become the first rider to fail a doping test during this year’s Tour de France.

The sport’s governing body the UCI said the 30-year-old’s urine sample contained hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic which is banned in professional cycling.

Kolobnev has been sacked by his Katusha team and faces the prospect of a ban.

A Katusha official also said he would have to pay damages for tarnishing the team’s image.

The sample was taken last Wednesday but Kolobnev has the right to request the results of his B sample.

Hydrochlorothiazide is listed as a banned substance because it can also be used to mask other drugs.

The UCI said in a statement: “The UCI anti-doping rules do not provide for a provisional suspension given the nature of the substance, which is a specified substance.

“However the UCI is confident that his team will take the necessary steps to enable the Tour de France to continue in serenity and to ensure that their rider has the opportunity to properly prepare his defence in particular within the legal timeline, which allows four days for him to have his B sample analysed.

“Under the world anti-doping code and the UCI anti-doping rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”

Kolobnev was 69th in the overall standings after nine stages, 22 minutes and 15 seconds behind leader Thomas Voeckler.

He won a bronze medal in the road race at the 2008 Olympics after being promoted from fourth after second-placed finisher Davide Rebellin failed a drugs test.

Kolobnev has also won two World Championship silver medals in road racing.

Article source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/sport1/hi/cycling/14116083.stm

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