Four-year doping ban for French cyclist expelled from the Tour de France

PARIS: French cyclist Remy Di Gregorio has been hit with a four-year doping ban related to a positive drug test for EPO in 2018, the International Cycling Union he said Monday.

In an earlier case, the Marseille-born rider was expelled from the Tour de France 2012 on suspicion of doping after being arrested at his team's hotel during the race.

Di Gregorio, 34, has always denied doping, but was convicted of possessing prohibited materials and received a one-year suspended prison sentence in July 2018.

He finally tested positive for the banned EPO blood booster during the Paris-Nice race in March 2018, and is now prohibited from competing until March 2022.

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