Kolobnev gets court date for Tour doping case



LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Cycling Union’s appeal to have Russian rider Alexandr Kolobnev banned for doping at the 2011 Tour de France will be heard next month.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has set Feb. 7 for the hearing. A verdict is expected weeks later.

The UCI challenged the Russian cycling federation’s refusal to ban Kolobnev over his positive test for Hydrochlorothiazide after the fifth stage last July. The diuretic hides the presence of other banned drugs.

A Russian anti-doping tribunal warned Kolobnev and fined him $1,600.

Kolobnev, the 2008 Beijing Olympics road race bronze medalist, had the only positive test at the Tour.

Russian team Katusha dropped him for the 2012 season.