Bulgarian cyclist dealt doping ban

Updated: July 18, 2012, 10:58 AM ET
Associated Press

AIGLE, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union says it has provisionally suspended two cyclists after they tested positive for the banned blood-boosting hormone EPO. Neither case involves the Tour de France.

The UCI says Ivailo Gabrovski of Bulgaria had traces of EPO in a urine sample taken during the Tour of Turkey, an eight-day event which he won in April.

Gabrovski will remain barred from competing until the Bulgarian cycling federation holds a disciplinary hearing.

The 34-year-old rider will be stripped of the victory if doping is proven.

The governing body says Rasa Leleivyte of Lithuania tested positive in an out-of-competition urine sample she gave last month. The Lithuanian cycling federation will investigate her case.

Both riders can request and attend testing of their backup samples.

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