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by Shane Stokes
February 2, 2016
Photography by Brian Hodes/Cor Vos
The 2014 Philadelphia International Championship runner-up Jure Kocjan has tested positive for EPO in a retroactive test carried out, according to the UCI.
The governing body announced the news Monday in its online list of suspended riders, although details were minimal. It named the substance and also listed the date of the test, which was carried out on March 8 2012. That was one day before the 1.1-ranked Dwars door Drenthe.
He was competing for Team Type 1 at the time. Kocjan’s best results that season were two stage wins in the Tour du Limousin in August.
It is not clear why the UCI has revisted the old sample. While Kocjan secured a contract with the WorldTour Euskaltel Euskadi team the year after the test in question, the Slovenian has been with continental squads since.
Team SmartStop (his setup in 2014 and 2015) and his current Lupus Racing Team are not part of the biological passport system.
Irregular patterns under this system have previously been reasons for some rider’s older samples to be revised.
Former Team Type 1 and Euskaltel team-mate Alexander Serebryakov tested positive for EPO in 2013 and received a four year ban.
In addition to his Limousin stage wins, Kocjan also won the GP Pino Cerami in 2010 and 2011, the GP Cycliste de Saguenay in 2014 and stage two in last year’s Tour of Utah.
If his B sample confirms the A sample result, he faces a lengthy suspension from the sport.