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Ban for 2011 Vuelta winner Cobo could give title to Froome

Cycling : 99th Tour de France 2012 / Stage 6

Cycling : 99th Tour de France 2012 / Stage 6 Arrival / Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa)/ Epernay - Metz (207,5Km)/ Ronde van Frankrijk TDF / Rit Stage /(c)Tim De Waele (Photo by Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images)

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AIGLE, Switzerland -- Juan Jose Cobo has been banned from cycling for three years after being found guilty of doping in 2011, the year he won the Spanish Vuelta.

Cobo’s ban puts 2011 Vuelta runner-up Chris Froome in line for a seventh Grand Tour title.

The International Cycling Union says Cobo has been found “guilty of an anti-doping rule violation.” The UCI says the case was “based on abnormalities from 2009 and 2011 detected in his biological passport.”

The now-retired 38-year-old Spanish rider won the three-week Vuelta for his first Grand Tour title in September 2011, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Froome. Bradley Wiggins was third.

The UCI says Cobo has a one-month deadline to file an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.