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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case involving Slovenian Jure Kocjan.
The matter resulted from the reanalysis of a sample provided by Jure Kocjan in the scope of an out-of-competition control on March 8, 2012, which revealed the presence of Erythropoietin (EPO). The test was carried out one day before the 1.1-ranked Dwars door Drenthe.Kocjan was competing for Team Type 1 at the time. His best results that season were two stage wins in the Tour du Limousin, in August.
The Anti-Doping Tribunal found the rider guilty for Presence of a Prohibited Substance (EPO) as well as for Tampering or attempted Tampering during the results management process. As a result a period of ineligibility of four years was imposed on the rider.
Kocjan raced for Team Type 1-Sanofi in 2011 and 2012 before moving to WorldTour team Euskaltel-Euskadi in 2013. He signed with Team SmartStop and rode with that US Continental team for two years. He has not competed since the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, in Colorado. He was provisionally suspended in January 2016; that suspension will now end in January 2020, when he will be 35 years old.
Kocjan’s former Team Type 1 and Euskaltel team-mate Alexander Serebryakov tested positive for EPO in 2013 and also received a four-year ban.
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