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Cycling / Doping: Samuel Sanchez positive for growth hormone before the Vuelta

Ⓒ Getty/AFP/Archives – Chris Graythen – | Spaniard Samuel Sanchez (BMC) after the 8th stage of the Tour of California, May 22, 2016 in Sacramento

Spain’s Samuel Sanchez, who was scheduled to start the Vuelta on Saturday under the colors of BMC Racing, has been tested positive for growth hormone and temporarily suspended, the International Cycling Union (UCI) announced in a statement on Thursday.

The 2008 Olympic road champion, 2nd in the 2010 Tour de France, was checked positive in training on 9 August. He was replaced by Belgian Loïc Vliegen in BMC Racing for the Vuelta which sails Saturday of Nîmes.

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