Cyclist Honchar sidelined while team awaits test results

Updated: May 11, 2007, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BONN, Germany -- The T-Mobile cycling team has suspended Ukrainian rider Serhiy Honchar for 30 days pending further analysis of a blood test.

Honchar will not compete while he undergoes follow-up tests and a medical evaluation, the German team said Friday.

"The blood test results … are within all UCI [international cycling union] limits, and no doping violation has taken place," the team said.

Honchar was tested by independent medical personnel at a race in Liege, Belgium, last month and during the Tour of Romandie earlier this month.

The follow-ups were recommended by the team's independent medical advisory board in consultation with the UCI, T-Mobile said.

The decision was announced a day before the start of the Giro d'Italia. Honchar had not been included in T-Mobile's list of riders for the race.

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