Galimzyanov earns two-year suspension over EPO positive

Russian sprinter admitted to EPO use earlier in 2012 and will be out of racing until April 2014

PARIS (AFP) — Katusha’s Denis Galimzyanov, who won Paris-Brussels in 2011, has been suspended for two years for doping, Russia’s anti-doping agency said in a statement on Thursday.

The organization said the ban for the Katusha sprinter would be backdated to April 13 this year. Galimzyanov tested positive for the banned blood booster erythropoetin (EPO) in March and was provosionally suspended by the UCI.

The 25-year-old from Yekaterinburg then admitted doping and declined the offer of a B sample test.

“What’s happened with Galimzyanov only concerns him and has nothing to do with the team,” Katusha manager Viatcheslav Ekimov was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency.

The UCI last week left Katusha out of the 18-team WorldTour league, despite the team’s overall win with Joaquim Rodríguez. The sport’s governing body cited ethical considerations in the decision, which Katusha is appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.