PARIS, Oct 02, 2014 (AFP) – Kazakh rider Maxim Iglinskiy has been suspended
after testing positive for EPO, his Astana team have disclosed.
Iglinskiy, 33, apparently failed the test on August 1, according to the
International Cycling Union, UCI.
His younger brother Valentin also tested positive for the substance in
August and immediately admitted taking the banned substance.
“We will not tolerate anyone breaking the rules,” the Kazah team, managed
by Alexandre Vinokorov, announced.
A professional since 2004, Iglinskiy’s most notable success was winning the
Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic in 2012.
EPO, or Erythropoietin, is a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys
which can be artificially produced to improve endurance in athletes or
cyclists by injecting it into the bloodstream.