Cyclist Honchar sidelined while team awaits test results


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.