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Fuji rider suspended for EPO

The UCI on Thursday announced the provisional suspension of Fuji-Servetto’s Alberto Fernandez De La Puebla Ramos after he tested positive for EPO.

“The decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Lausanne indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a urine sample collected from him in an out of competition test at his home on 15 October 2009,” said the UCI.

The suspension would remain in force until a panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation rules on whether the cyclist has committed an an anti-doping violation, added the UCI.

De La Puebla Ramos has the option of requesting that his B sample be tested or simply accepting the outcome of the A sample test.