Two Russian riders tied to Katusha suspended for doping

Reports say that Ivan Lutsenko and Andrei Lukonin, both 20 and members of Itera-Katusha, have been suspended by RUSADA.

Two riders for Itera-Katusha, a feeder squad for UCI WorldTeam Katusha, have been suspended over anti-doping rules, according to a report.

Inside The Games┬áreports that Russia’s anti-doping body RUSADA has suspended Ivan Lutsenko and Andrei Lukonin for one year. The suspensions were backdated to August 3.

Two Russian weightlifters and a dancer were also handed doping-related bans, reports the website.

Lutsenko finished second in the under-23 time trial at the Russian national championships this year. Both riders competed for Itera-Katusha this season, and both are 20 years old.

The suspensions are the latest blow to Russian sports, which have been embroiled in doping allegations in recent weeks. The scandal has the potential to keep Russian track & field athletes out of next summer’s Olympics.