PARIS, Jan 22, 2013 (AFP) – French rider Steve Houanard was on Tuesday
banned for two years by world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, after testing
positive for banned blood booster EPO.
Houanard, who has no major wins to his credit, raced for the AG2R La
Mondiale team, which has not renewed his contract.
A professional since 2009, he tested positive in an out-of-competition
urine test on September 21.
The UCI added that it had asked the Belgian cycling federation to instigate
a disciplinary procedure against Belgian rider Leif Hoste “for an apparent
violation of the anti-doping rules, on the basis of information provided by
the blood profile in his biological passport.
“Mr Hoste shall be accorded the right to the presumption of innocence until
a final decision has been made on this matter,” the UCI said.
“In accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping
Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”