GENEVA, February 5. /TASS/. A doping probe of Russian cyclist Eduard Vorganov, racing for the Team Katyusha, tested positive for a banned performance enhancing drug, the International Union of Cyclists (UCI) reported on Friday.
The Sample A probe was taken during an off-season period, namely on January 14, 2016, and revealed a positive result for the presence of the banned substance Meldonium in the blood system of the Russian rider.
"The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) announces today that it has notified Russian rider Eduard Vorganov of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) of Meldonium in a sample collected during an out-of-competition control on 14 January 2016," the UCI said in a statement posted on its website.
The 33-year-old Russian cyclist has now the right to request the analysis of Sample B and to be present during the procedure.
According to the UCI website, "Meldonium is classified as S.4.5.3 ‘Hormone and Metabolic Modulators’ and has been added on the Prohibited List on 1 January 2016."
The news comes a day later after the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) announced that Russian bicycle racer Yelena Brezhniva was handed a four-year suspension over doping abuse.
Brezhniva has been part of the country’s national team since 2008 and is the two-time European champion in team sprint, winning the titles in 2013 and 2014.