Cyclist Georges faces doping case after Giro test
AIGLE, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union says it will ask French officials to open a disciplinary case against Sylvain Georges after his backup sample also tested positive for a banned stimulant.
The UCI says the second test confirmed the presence of Heptaminol in a urine sample Georges gave after the seventh stage of the Giro d'Italia.
The 28-year-old French rider for AG2R La Mondiale was pulled from the Giro last Wednesday after the first positive test was reported.
Heptaminol is considered a specified substance, which allows athletes the chance to prove they did not intend to enhance their performance. Bans for such substances are often shorter.
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