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PARIS (AFP) — Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov was suspended by his Katusha team on Friday for testing positive for meldonium which was only placed on the banned list last month.
The 33-year-old becomes the second Katusha rider to fail an anti-doping test in 12 months after Italy’s Luca Paolini tested positive for cocaine on the 2015 Tour de France.
“We understand that the adverse analytical finding concerns the substance meldonium (also known as mildronate) which was placed on the prohibited list only on Jan 1, 2016,” said a team statement. “Team Katusha confirms that this substance has never been used by the team in any form and was not provided to the rider by the team.”
Katusha added that Vorganov has been suspended from all team activities, effective immediately while his B sample is tested.
Vorganov, a former Russian road race champion, joined Katusha in 2010 and was 19th on the Tour de France in 2012, his best performance in the grand tours.