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by Mark Zalewski
April 27, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Albasini wins first climbing stage at Tour de Romandie; Gilbert healing well, will lead his namesake event; Jurgen Van de Walle wins back compensation case against team; Van Avermaet downplays Worlds chances, tips Kristoff and says Belgium should host; BMC to start reduced squad at Tour de Yorkshire; Costa leading UAE Team Emirates in hunt for stage wins at Giro; BORA-Hansgrohe roster for Giro; Former Iranian champ suspended for more than seven years for doping; Driver who killed elderly cyclist and returned as bystander given suspended sentence; Video: Inside a Keirin Race – 360 video; Video: CYCLE – Alps 2 Ocean.
Former Iranian national champion Rahim Emami has been given a suspension for seven years and six months for failing an anti-doping test. Emami tested positive for Anabolic Androgenic Steroid at the Jelajah Malaysia stage race on October 18, 2016. The UCI announced his provisional suspension back in February.
That positive also had resulted in his entire Pishgaman Cycling Team suspended for 30 days, as his was the second positive on the team in a 12-month timeframe.
Naser Rezavi also tested positive for anabolic androgenic steroids in December of 2015 and was given a four-year ban.
At 34-years-old the ban effectively ends Emami’s professional career.
Iranian cyclist, Ahad Kazemi of the Tabriz Petrochemical Team, is currently serving an eight-year ban for a testosterone positive at the 2016 Tour of Iran.
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