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Ex-Olympic cycling champ Sanchez fails doping test

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Spain's Samuel Sanchez

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP):

Former Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez was suspended yesterday after failing an out-of-competition doping test.

The International Cycling Union said the Spanish rider for BMC Racing tested positive for a growth hormone releasing peptide in a sample taken on August 9.

Sanchez won the road race at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. He was due to race in the Spanish Vuelta, which starts on Saturday.

His BMC team announced that was provisionally suspending Sanchez until the results come of the B sample test.

"BMC Racing Team is extremely disappointed to share this news on the eve of the Spanish Vuelta," the team said.

Loic Vligen will replace the 39-year-old Sanchez on BMC's team for the Vuelta.