Sinkewitz suspended for human growth hormone

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AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) — German rider Patrik Sinkewitz has been provisionally suspended after becoming the first cyclist to test positive for human growth hormone.

Sinkewitz, who has already served a one-year doping ban, tested positive at the Grand Prix di Lugano on Feb. 27. The UCI says he will be suspended until a panel from the German cycling federation determines whether he committed a breach of anti-doping rules.

Sinkewitz’s blood sample was analyzed at a WADA-accredited lab in Lausanne.

Terry Newton, a former British international rugby league player who died in September at 31, was the first athlete to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone last year.