Russia's Kolobnev tests positive at Tour de France
Updated: July 11, 2011, 14:52
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THIEZAC, France (AP) Russia's Alexandr Kolobnev became the first cyclist at this year's Tour de France to fail a doping test, the International Cycling Union said Monday.
Kolobnev was in 69th place heading into Tuesday's 10th stage.
The UCI said a urine sample collected from Kolobnev last Wednesday tested positive for a substance called Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can also be used as a masking agent hiding the presence of other drugs. The samples were analyzed at the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory, which is accredited by the World Anti-Doping.
It is the first positive case at this year's race.
Tour organizers and French Anti-Doping Agency President Bruno Genevois were not immediately available for comment.
Kolobnev, who rides for the Katusha team, has four days to request a "B'' sample analysis.
Katusha sports director Bart Leysen told The Associated Press that Kolobnev was meeting with team management and that a decision on whether he remains in the race was likely to be made later Monday night.
When asked whether Kolobnev would stay in the race, Leysen said, "I don't think so.''
The UCI cannot provisionally ban Kolobnev because Hydrochlorothiazide is classified as a specified substance, which WADA defines as one that is "more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation.'' Its punishment for such a positive test ranges from a warning to a two-year ban.