American track rider Walker Starr has been prevented from taking part in round three of the UCI Track World Cup Friday in Manchester, England, after an abnormal result from a random blood test, according to official sources.
Starr, from San Diego, had been scheduled for the scratch race. He has been barred from competition for 15 days, in accordance with UCI rules.
Pre-competition or random blood tests focus on a rider’s hematocrit level (the volume of red blood cells in the blood); a reading over 50 is an indicator, although not proof, of the use of banned blood boosters.
Thirty five riders from five countries (Australia, the United States, Great Britain, Greece and Japan) were targeted in the blood tests. –Copyright 2004/AFP