China confirms positive test for RadioShack's Li

Reuters - Sun, 01 Aug 12:04:00 2010

China's cycling authority has confirmed RadioShack's Li Fuyu has failed a doping test after his 'B' sample was returned positive.

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"Now there is no doubt of him being not positive for doping," Zhang Bin, secretary-general of the Chinese Cycling Association, was quoted as saying on the China Daily's website.

"No matter what his excuse was, and no matter how prominent he is in China cycling, the result has been confirmed and it is impossible to change."

The 31-year-old rider was provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union in April after Clenbuterol was found in his 'A' sample following an in-competition test during the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in Belgium the previous month.

China had yet to hand down punishment but their decision would be passed to the UCI this month, the paper said. Li, who had denied the charges at a recent hearing, faces a two-year ban according to China's anti-doping policy.

China's first professional cyclist, Li joined RadioShack in the close season. His team said in April that he would be removed if the test were confirmed.

Both the UCI and RadioShack were unavailable for comment.

Reuters

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