Spain’s previous Olympic winner Samuel Sanchez has been suspended with rapid influence just after tests good for banned growth hormones, cycling’s governing system explained on Thursday.
BARCELONA: Spain’s previous Olympic winner Samuel Sanchez has been suspended with rapid influence just after tests good for banned growth hormones, cycling’s governing system explained on Thursday.
Sanchez, 39, received the 2008 Olympic street race in Beijing and five individual stages in the Vuelta a Espana involving 2005 and 2007 as nicely as an individual phase on the 2011 Tour de France.
He will now skip this year’s Vuelta, which starts on Saturday in Nimes, France.
The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) explained in a statement on its site that Sanchez had been notified of an “Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of GHRP-2*” from an out-of-competition check on Aug. 9.
“The rider has the suitable to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Guidelines, the rider has been provisionally suspended till the adjudication of the affair,” the UCI explained.
GHRP-2 refers to GH-Releasing Peptides (GHRPs), which are categorised as “Peptide Hormones, Development Aspects, Linked Substances and Mimetics” on the Earth Anti-Doping Agency’s 2017 Prohibited Listing.
Sanchez’s crew BMC Racing immediately introduced his suspension and explained he would be changed by Loic Vliegen in the Vuelta.
“In accordance with BMC Racing Team’s zero tolerance coverage and UCI regulation, Sanchez has been provisionally suspended with rapid influence,” BMC explained in a statement.
“Till the benefits of the B sample are offered, no further more action will be taken. All riders and workers are held to the highest ethical common and BMC Racing Team is incredibly unhappy to share this news on the eve of the Vuelta a Espana.”
(Reporting by Richard Martin Enhancing by Toby Davis)