International Cycling

Ex-Olympic champion Sanchez fails doping test

2017-08-17 16:04
Samuel Sanchez (AFP Photo)

Paris - Spain's former Olympic road race champion, Samuel Sanchez, has failed an out-of-competition doping test, cycling's governing body the UCI announced on Thursday.

The body said Sanchez had tested positive for growth hormone releasing peptides in a sample taken on August 9 by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation.

"The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair," the UCI statement said.

Now 39, Sanchez is best known for winning gold in the road race at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Twice a podium finisher in the Vuelta, the BMC team rider had been due to take part in this year's race, which begins in the French city of Nimes on Saturday.

A BMC team statement 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 Espana."

They have replaced Sanchez with Belgium's Loic Vliegen for the three-week race.

Read more on:    samuel sanchez  |  cycling

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.