Vila tests positive, withdraws from Giro d'Italia

MADRID, Spain -- Spanish cyclist Patxi Vila tested positive for elevated testosterone levels and withdrew from the Giro d'Italia.

Vila, who rides for Team Lampre, had an out-of-competition test at his home on March 3.

"In reality, it's a positive test -- but until there is a counter-analysis performed you can't say anything," Vila said in Tuesday editions of El Diario Vasco newspaper. "The lawyer and the endocrinologist who saw the specimen have told me that the quantity is very small."

Vila denied he withdrew from the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland last week because of the positive test. He left the race with two stages remaining while leading the climbers' standings.

This year, cycling's world governing body has tested 854 professional cyclists for blood and urine to build an individual "biological passport."