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French rider tests positive for stimulant at Giro d'Italia

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The Canadian Press
5/15/2013 10:26:18 AM
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AIGLE, Switzerland -- French rider Sylvain Georges tested positive for a banned stimulant in a doping test at the Giro d'Italia.

The international cycling federation said Wednesday that traces of the stimulant Heptaminol were found in a urine sample from Georges after Friday's seventh stage.

Georges can request that a backup "B" sample be tested.

No provisional ban was given, although Georges did not start Wednesday's 11th stage.

The 28-year-old Georges rides for the AG2R La Mondiale team.

During last week's fourth stage, Georges attempted a solo attack on the final climb but was quickly chased down.

After Tuesday's 10th stage he stood 81st overall -- 1 hour, 3 minutes, 54 seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali.

It was the first doping case reported during this year's race.

The UCI considers Heptaminol a specified substance, which the World Anti-Doping Agency defines as those that are "more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation." Bans for such substances are often shorter, and athletes have a better chance of proving that they did not intend to consume it or enhance their performance.

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