Positive doping test for BMC's Samuel Sanchez
Aug 17 2017 08:45 pm CET

Positive doping test for BMC's Samuel Sanchez

Former Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez of BMC Racing Team has tested positive for the use of an illegal substance in an out-of-competition control on August 9th.

The Spaniard's test was found to show traces of GHRP-2, which are classified as "Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors, Related Substances and Mimetics," the UCI reports in a statement.

As a result, the rider has been provisionally suspended and has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B-sample, the statement added.

BMC Racing Team has issued its own statement saying that it has provisionally suspended the rider. "In accordance with BMC Racing Team's zero tolerance policy and UCI regulation, Sanchez has been provisionally suspended with immediate effect. Until the results of the B sample are provided, no further action will be taken," the WorldTour formation said.

"All riders and staff are held to the highest ethical standard and BMC Racing Team is extremely disappointed to share this news on the eve of the Vuelta a España. Loïc Vliegen will replace Sánchez at the Vuelta a España."

Sanchez, 39, was to take part in his tenth Vuelta a España.
Photo of Samuel Sanchez (cropped) © Tim De Waele/TDWsport.com





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