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UCI appeals Kolobnev case to CAS

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December 03, 2011, 10:08 GMT,
December 03, 2011, 10:16 GMT
First Edition Cycling News, Saturday, December 3, 2011
Alexsandr Kolobnev (Katusha) could be an outsider for victory

Alexsandr Kolobnev (Katusha) could be an outsider for victory

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Russian was not suspended for Tour de France positive doping control

The International Cycling Union has appealed Alexandr Kolobnev's punishment for doping to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Russian anti-doping agency did not suspend the rider after his positive doping control.

“Yes, we appealed before the CAS,” UCI president Pat McQuaid told Reuters.

Kolobnev tested positive on the fifth stage of the year's Tour de France for the diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which can be used as a masking agent. He withdrew from the Tour and voluntarily suspended himself. He denied having used any doping, but the B-sample also came back positive.

The Russian anti-doping agency decided not to suspend him, but gave him a warning and fined him 1500 Swiss franc. It is not clear what Kolobnev's status with Katusha is, or whether he will ride for them in the coming year.

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