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Alexandr Kolobnev Fined 1.500 Swiss Francs after Positive Test

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10/27/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Alexandr Kolobnev (Team Katusha). Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Alexandr Kolobnev (Team Katusha). Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Alexandr Kolobnev Fined 1.500 Swiss Francs after Positive Test

Alexandr Kolobnev has been fined $1,560 but escaped a suspension for testing positive for a banned diuretic at the 2011 Tour de France, the Russian cycling federation (FVSR) said in a statement issued earlier today.

Alexandr Kolobnev has been fined $1,560 but escaped a suspension for testing positive for a banned diuretic at the 2011 Tour de France, the Russian cycling federation (FVSR) said in a statement issued earlier today.

The FVSR's anti-doping commission handed Kolobnev a fine of 1,500 Swiss francs for failing the test for hydroclorotiazide following the fourth stage of the July race. He was also issued with a warning.

"We found him guilty but also took into account extenuating circumstances," commission chief Alexander Gusyatnikov commented and added "We plan to forward our decision in writing to the International Cycling Union (UCI) in the next few days and only after that we'll be able to give a detailed explanation."

The UCI has a right to appeal against the decision to the Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport.

30-year-old Kolobnev has been one of Russia's top cyclists.

He finished second in the men's road race at the 2007 world championships in Stuttgart and repeated the feat two years later in the same event in Mendrisio, Switzerland.

Kolobnev was awarded an Olympic bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, after initially finishing fourth in the men's road race, following the disqualification of Italian Davide Rebellin for doping.

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