Spanish cyclist Oscar Sevilla has been provisionally suspended by cycling’s world ruling body after testing positive for a banned substance.
A statement from the International Cycling Union (UCI) said a urine sample from Sevilla showed “an adverse analytical finding of hydroxyethyl starch (HES)” in tests at the WADA accredited laboratory in Bogota.
HES, a banned substance, can be used as a blood plasma substitute.
The sample was collected when Sevilla, who has raced with the Kelme, Phonak, T-Mobile and Rock Racing teams throughout a colorful career, was racing at the Tour of Colombia on August 15.
The UCI said the provisional suspension “remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) determines whether Mr Sevilla has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules”.
Sevilla has the right to request and attend the analysis of a B sample.
Sevilla was one of several big name riders to be implicated in the Operation Puerto doping scandal in Madrid several years ago but escaped any sanctions.
Since it erupted bans have been handed to Italian Ivan Basso, who is back riding, and Spaniard Alejandro Valverde, who is still banned. Sevilla was sacked by T-Mobile when he was linked to the affair.
Elsewhere, the RFEC has agreed to the UCI’s request to open disciplinary proceedings against Eladio Jimenez Sanchez.
He has since been banned for two years and given a fine of 8400 euros.