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UCI strips French rider and team of world golds

Updated: January 06, 2012, 07:07

AIGLE, Switzerland (AP) French rider Gregory Bauge and the French sprint team have been stripped of gold medals from the world track cycling championships for a doping violation.

Governing body UCI says it has annulled Bauge's victory in the individual sprint event and the French gold in the team sprint race at the worlds in Appeldoorn, Netherlands, last March.

The UCI acted Friday after the French federation imposed a one-year backdated suspension on Bauge for violating rules on rider availability for drug tests and for one missed test in 18 months.

The suspension covered Dec. 23, 2010, to Dec. 22, 2011.

The UCI said all of Bauge's results during that period have been nullified, including those at the world championships.

In the individual sprint, British rider Jason Kenny finished second and stands to move up to the gold in the revised results. Britain's Chris Hoy would be upgraded from bronze to silver, and France's Mickael Bourgain from fourth to third.

In the team sprint, Germany would be promoted from second to gold, Britain from third to silver, and Australia from fourth to third.

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