Chinese sporting officials are considering a two-year ban for RadioShack’s Fuyu Li, whose B-sample came back positive for a banned anabolic agent, according to a China Daily report.
Li was suspended in April after a test of an initial sample taken prior to the Tour of Flanders came back positive for the anabolic agent clenbuterol. Li finished 122nd at the Flanders, 9:15 behind winner Fabian Cancellara.
The China Daily quotes Zhang Bin, the secretary-general of the Chinese Cycling Association, saying that Li denied the charges during a recent hearing.
“Now there is no doubt of him being not positive for doping. No matter what his excuse was, and no matter how prominent he is in China cycling, the result has been confirmed and it is impossible to change,” the newspaper said Zhang said.
Chinese officials will decide on the penalty and send the decision to the UCI.
Li, 32, joined the Discovery Channel team in 2007. When that team folded he joined the China-based Marco Polo Cycling Team, and raced for that team in the 2008 Tour de Georgia, finishing 98th. He joined RadioShack for the 2010 season.
The team suspended Li immediately after it was informed of the A-sample test result. At the time the team said Li would be fired if the B-sample came back positive.