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Ex-Olympic cycling champion Samuel Sanchez banned

AFP  |  Orbetello 

Spain's Samuel Sanchez, the 2008 Olympic road race champion, has been given a two-years back-dated ban after testing positive for human growth hormones in 2017.

accepted Sanchez's explanation that a contaminated was at the root of the problem but said Monday it was banning him until August 2019.

The 41-year-old was sacked by his then team at the time of the test, just ahead of the Vuelta a 2017.

Sanchez, who won five stages at the Vuelta over his career, is free to contest the decision.

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First Published: Tue, May 14 2019. 09:41 IST