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Alexandr Kolobnev cleared of doping

Updated: February 29, 2012, 1:02 PM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared Alexandr Kolobnev of doping at the 2011 Tour de France on Wednesday, and rejected the International Cycling Union's request to ban the Russian rider for two years.

The court ruled that Kolobnev's positive test for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide after the fifth stage was "justified by medical reasons totally unrelated to sport performance."

"The CAS panel found that Kolobnev has been suffering from varix dilatation, ...

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