French cyclist Houanard banned 2 years for doping
Monday, January 21, 2013
AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) -- The International Cycling Union says French rider Steve Houanard has been suspended for two years for doping with EPO, and a disciplinary case has been opened against Leif Hoste of Belgium.
The UCI says Houanard has accepted his sanction.
Houanard was suspended by the UCI last October pending a disciplinary case by the French cycling federation. News of his out-of-competition positive test emerged ahead of the Tour of Beijing.
The rider was pulled from the Chinese stage race by the Ag2r-La Mondiale team. The UCI says it has asked the Belgian federation to open a case against Hoste based on irregular blood values in his biological passport.
Hoste is a three-time runner-up in the Tour of Flanders one-day classic.