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France bans Beltran over Tour positive

Spanish cyclist Manuel Beltran has been banned from racing in France for two years after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO at this year's Tour de France. France's national anti-doping agency (AFLD) made the announcement Tuesday.

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By Agence France Presse

Spanish cyclist Manuel Beltran has been banned from racing in France for two years after testing positive for the banned blood booster EPO at this year’s Tour de France.

France’s national anti-doping agency (AFLD) made the announcement Tuesday.

Beltran, who rode for the Liquigas team, was excluded from the race after the seventh stage on July 11 after it was announced that a sample taken from the first stage of the Tour tested positive for EPO (erythropoietin).

The 37-year-old Beltran was one of seven positive drugs cases at this year’s race.