Thursday, August 17, 2017

Galimzyanov receives two-year suspension for doping

Russian cyclist Denis Galimzyanov has been suspended for two years on charges of blood doping, according to the country's anti-doping agency.

The ban will be backdated to April 13. The Katusha team sprinter tested positive for the blood booster erythropoetin in March and was provisionally suspended by world cycling, Cycling Central reports.

Galimzyanov won the Paris-Brussels race in 2011. The Yekaterinburg-native admitted to doping and declined the offer of a B sample test.

"What's happened with Galimzyanov only concerns him and has nothing to do with the team," Katusha coach Vlatcheslav Ekimov said, Cycling Central reports.

In November, the Katusha team was removed from the sport's top tier WorldTour races by the International Cycling Union governing body. The team's management was criticized for not doing enough to combat doping.

The removal means that the team will now have to be invited to participate in the sport's biggest races.