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by Neal Rogers
May 25, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Pierre Rolland solos to victory from breakaway on Stage 17 of Giro d’Italia; Velon shares power data on Rolland’s Giro stage win; Coquard wins opening stage of Baloise Belgium Tour; Aussie Michael Storer takes stage win at An Post Rás; Aberasturi wins Stage 4 at Tour of Japan, Canola holds GC lead; Martyn Irvine sidelined after suffering hip fracture in Baloise Belgium Tour; UCI suspends Soul Brasil Pro Cycling for 35 days for multiple doping violations; Synergy Baku fires Averin after UCI doping ban is imposed; Colorado Classic names 14 teams, including four WorldTour squads; Monash University researchers seek Melbourne cyclists for passing distance study; Video: Orica-Scott reviews their day after Stage 17 of the Giro d’Italia
Having received notification on Wednesday that Max Averin had been banned over a doping case, the Synergy Baku team has announced that it has fired the rider. In April the 31-year-old Azerbaijani rider was provisionally suspended after a non-negative test for the substance Meldonium carried out at the Istrian Spring Trophy in March.
“The detection of prohibited meldonium in the blood of Maxim Averin has caused a serious anxiety for the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation,” said that federation then. “Maxim Averin has been removed from both the national team and the club while the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) and UCI are processing the investigation on the aforementioned medicine in the athlete’s blood. The final decision will be made after the completion of the investigation.”
The UCI confirmed the offence on Wednesday, handing him a 15 month ban for violating anti-doping rules. The team said that he had used the substance on December 23.
Because of that earlier date, he is eligible to resume racing on March 22 of next year. He is a two-time national champion and winner of stages in the Tour of Azerbaijan and the Tour of China.