German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was on Friday banned from racing anywhere in the world by the sport’s governing body, the UCI.
Schumacher was suspended by French anti-doping agency AFLD from racing in France last month after failing an anti-doping test at the 2008 Tour de France. That penalty, however, has now been extended beyond France’s borders.
The 27-year-old, sacked from the now defunct Gerolsteiner team, tested positive for banned blood booster CERA, a modern variant of EPO once thought to be undetectable.
Schumacher, who won both major time trial stages in last year’s Tour, has said he plans to fight the ban.