Fofonov gets three months

Kazakh rider Dmitriy Fofonov, who tested positive for the banned stimulant heptaminol after the 18th...

Kazakh rider Dmitriy Fofonov, who tested positive for the banned stimulant heptaminol after the 18th stage of the 2008 Tour de France, has received a three-month ban from the disciplinary commission of the French cycling federation FFC "for negligence." Having raced for French team Crédit Agricole, the rider is subject to sanctioning by the FFC even though he is not of French nationality.

The sanction takes effect as of October, but does not include the winter period. In any case, Fofonov will be able to race again next spring, provided he finds a new team. Fofonov had affirmed that he used the product to avoid cramping.

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