Belarusian rider Siutsou suspended after failing doping test

Kanstantsin Siutsou of Belarus. (Bryn Lennon/Pool Photo via AP)

AIGLE, Switzerland — The International Cycling Union has suspended Belarusian rider Kanstantsin Siutsou after he failed a doping test.

Siutsou joined the Bahrain-Merida team last year and won the Tour of Croatia in April. He planned to race in the Giro d’Italia in May but withdrew after fracturing a bone in his neck during training.

The UCI says the 36-year-old Siutsou tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO on July 31 and has been suspended pending a full hearing.

Bahrain-Merida general manager Brett Copeland says "this behaviour is not accepted by our team and further procedures will be taken against the rider."

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.