21st September 2015

UCI retrospective analysis suspends two cyclists for EPO

Retrospective analysis of samples by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has resulted in two riders reporting positive tests for erythropoietin (EPO) from samples given in 2011 and 2012. Slovenian mountain-biker Blaza Klemencic reported an EPO positive from a sample given on 27 March 2012, and Russian road cyclist Alexey Shmidt reported an EPO positive from a 15 November 2011 sample.

Klemencic competed at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2014 MTB European Championships cross country race. Both positives were confirmed when the UCI posted an updated list of provisional suspensions on its internet site.

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