Thursday, November 23, 2017

Denis Galimzyanov tests positive for EPO

Denis Galimzyanov, a Russian Olympic cycling hopeful from Yekaterinburg, has been temporarily suspended after returning an unfavorable analytical finding for EPO.

The discovery of EPO occurred on March 22 as part of an out-of-competition test, CyclingNews.com reports.

Galimzyanov, who has the right to appeal the results, will remain suspended until the Russian Cycling Federation reviews his case.

The 25-year-old cyclist was aiming to be a part of Russia's cycling team at the London 2012 Olympic games, following a near stage victory at the Tours of Qatar and Oman, and winning the first stage of the Circuit de la Sarthe in April, according to CyclingNews.com.

Galimzyanov raced little in March due to illness, was left off of the Katusha team for Paris-Nice and withdrew from the Three Days of West Flanders in March. He then crashed out of the rest of the Circuit de la Sarthe the day after winning the first stage.

Galimzyanov raced for the Premier continental team before joining the ProTour ranks in 2009. His first major victory at the higher level occurred last season when he won Paris-Brussels and the final stage of the Tour of Beijing, according to CyclingNews.com.