May 20, 2020 / 4:06 PM / 8 days ago

Cycling: Pantano handed four-year ban following positive anti-doping test

FILE PHOTO: Cycling - Tour de France cycling race - The 160-km (99,4 miles) Stage 15 from Bourg-en-Bresse to Culoz, France - 17/07/2016 - IAM team rider Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia reacts on the podium. REUTERS/Juan Medina

PARIS (Reuters) - Former Tour de France stage winner Jarlinson Pantano has been handed a four-year suspension after failing an anti-doping test last year, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday.

Colombian Pantano retired last June, two months after he was provisionally suspended following a positive test for the banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO).

He had also been suspended by his then Trek-Segafredo team after the test carried out in February, 2019, came back positive.

“The (UCI Anti-Doping) Tribunal found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of Recombinant Erythropoietin) and imposed a 4-year period of ineligibility on the rider,” the UCI said in a statement.

Pantano, 31, won a Tour de France stage in 2016 and was crowned Colombian time trial champion the following year.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Christian Radnedge

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