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Former Giro d’Italia stage winner banned 4 years for doping

Kanstantsin Siutsou, Diana Schlicht, Whitney Nichols

FILE - In this Sunday, April 27, 2008 file photo, Kanstantsin Siutsou, left, of Belarus, is kissed by tour hostesses after being announced the overall winner of the seventh and final stage of the Tour de Georgia bicycle race, in Atlanta. Former Giro d’Italia stage winner Kanstantsin Siutsou has been banned for four years after he tested positive for EPO, it was announced Tuesday, June 23, 2020. Siutsou was aged 35 and a member of the Bahrain-Merida team when his July 2018 sample given while training was positive for the banned blood-boosting hormone. (AP Photo/John Amis, file)

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AIGLE, Switzerland -- Former Giro d’Italia stage winner Kanstantsin Siutsou was banned for four years by the International Cycling Union on Tuesday after he tested positive for EPO.

Siutsou was aged 35 and a member of the Bahrain-Merida team when he gave his July 2018 sample while training. He retired that year.

Siutsou had two top-10 overall finishes at the Giro and won a stage in the 2009 edition.

As a highly rated support rider in stage races, he was signed by Team Sky from 2012-15 and Bahrain-Merida in 2017.

Siutsou represented Belarus at the Olympics in 2008 and 2016 and completed both road races without winning a medal. He was the under-23 road race world champion in 2004.

The UCI said it would publish details at a later date of him being caught with the banned blood-boosting hormone.