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Russian trackie flunks blood test

Russian rider Sergei Koudentsov has been ruled out of the world track championships here Thursday after an abnormal blood test. The 24-year-old, 11th in the men's 15km scratch race on the first day of the championships on Wednesday, was randomly tested by officials from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Thursday. An abnormal hematocrit level - an indication, although not proof, that banned substances could have been used - means he was declared unfit to ride. The Russian may now have to submit a urine sample for testing for the banned endurance enhancer EPO

By AFP

Russian rider Sergei Koudentsov has been ruled out of the world track championships here Thursday after an abnormal blood test.

The 24-year-old, 11th in the men’s 15km scratch race on the first day of the championships on Wednesday, was randomly tested by officials from the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) on Thursday.

An abnormal hematocrit level – an indication, although not proof, that banned substances could have been used – means he was declared unfit to ride. The Russian may now have to submit a urine sample for testing for the banned endurance enhancer EPO (erythropoietin).

Koudentsov was among 34 riders tested, the others being from Australia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Swizterland and Great Britain.