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Ex-Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez banned

PTI | Orbetello | Updated: 14-05-2019 09:37 IST | Created: 14-05-2019 09:37 IST
Ex-Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez banned

Orbetello, Italy, May 14 (AFP) Spain's Samuel Sanchez, the 2008 Olympic road race champion, has been given a two-years back-dated ban after testing positive for human growth hormones in 2017. The International Cycling Union accepted Sanchez's explanation that a contaminated supplement was at the root of the problem but said Monday it was banning him until August 2019.

The 41-year-old was sacked by his then team BMC at the time of the test, just ahead of the Vuelta a Espana 2017. Sanchez, who won five stages at the Vuelta over his career, is free to contest the decision. AFP PDS

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