Bahrain-Merida fire Koren and Bozic after doping bans

Kristijan Koren
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The Bahrain-Merida team have fired Kristijan Koren and Borut Božič with immediate effect after the Slovenian duo were handed two-year doping bans by the UCI on Wednesday.

In a statement sent to Cyclingnews, the team insisted they have a “zero tolerance” approach to doping and highlighted the fact that the sanctions relate to infractions that predate their membership of the team.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.