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Tour of Turkey winner provisionally suspended for doping violation

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 15, 2013, 16:15,
Updated:
July 15, 2013, 17:15
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, July 15, 2013
Race:
Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
Stage 6 winner Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) on the podium

Stage 6 winner Mustafa Sayar (Torku Sekerspor) on the podium

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Sayar tests positive

The UCI announced on Monday that it had provisionally suspended Tour of Turkey winner Mustafa Sayar for a doping violation.

The decision was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of EPO in a urine sample collected from Sayar in a competition test during the Tour of Algeria on March 11, 2013.

According to the UCI, the provisional suspension of Sayar will remain in force until a hearing panel convened by the Turkish Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

Sayar has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Citing the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI said it was unable to provide any additional information at this time.

Sayer won stage 6 and the general classification of the Tour of Turkey in April.

Lord.Bachus More than 1 year ago
Why does it allways take this long before things get out in the open...
colnago200 More than 1 year ago
Theres a procedure to follow. The times when you find out the next day through the media is not how it should happen!
gaz753 More than 1 year ago
His team is riding in China right now, with interesting results (stage 7).
Uncle_Tod More than 1 year ago
At last! Always knew he was doped up following his win on stage 6.
Broth3r More than 1 year ago
No, you did not. Doping is not measurable by eye. You had a wild, baseless suspicion and got lucky. Nothing more.
philjthommo More than 1 year ago
Did you watch the race? He was riding above his ability and considering his old team mate won the race in 2012 and was caught doping this news was hardly surprising. I am all for innocent until proven guilty and he is now proven guilty.
Ripper More than 1 year ago
You are a bit uptight. Did you see that race? He was obvious. Obviuos is obvious.
Milan Černý More than 1 year ago
out riding world tour riders on MTF af average 8% while turning big ring all the time for several kilometres? just watching to much Pantani videos I guess :)
James Alexander More than 1 year ago
tour of turkey developing a nasty record for surprise home team winners testing positive...
Steven Nicholson More than 1 year ago
its hardly surprising given the number of Turkish sports men + women who've been exposed as dopers in recent times.
Labrador of Perception More than 1 year ago
If the comments from some of the peloton via Twitter are anything to go by, it was only a matter of time.
longshadow More than 1 year ago
no, there's no more doping in cycling anymore. it's clean now, haven't you heard? you'd be crazy to think that anyone, say in the tour de france, who is blowing away his competition, would be doping. shame on you.
ailsab More than 1 year ago
agree!
Labrador of Perception More than 1 year ago
Still, it will be great to see a winner from Eritrea now.
Jeffrey Jenkins More than 1 year ago
Too bad he didn't get his time on the podium as the winner though.
Daniel Corredor More than 1 year ago
So we will hear back from Froome in December?
richardincrawley More than 1 year ago
call me naive but i don;t believe froome is doping. but in the unlikely event he is, its independant of team sky.