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Beltran banned from competing in France for two years

Updated: November 25, 2008, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Spanish cyclist Manuel Beltran was banned Tuesday from competing in France for two years after he failed a doping test at the Tour de France.

The ban takes effect immediately, said Pierre Bordry, the head of the French Anti-Doping Agency.

The 37-year-old cyclist, a former teammate of seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong, tested positive for EPO at this year's Tour, and will be ineligible for the next two editions of cycling's premiere race.

The French agency oversaw ...

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