Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano has tested positive for a prohibited substance and has been suspended by cycling’s world governing body. The 30-year-old, who rides for Trek-Segafredo, was notified of an adverse analytical finding of erythropoietin – a form of banned blood-boosting hormone EPO, by the UCI.
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The sample was taken after an out-of-competition test on February 26, and as well as being suspended by the UCI, Trek-Segafredo have taken the same stance. “We hold all our riders to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available,” the team said in a statement.
The B sample will now be analysed and Pantano, who won stage 15 of the 2016 Tour de France, has the right to request and attend the process.