Spaniard to miss Tour de France after doping ban

PARIS: Spaniard Igor Gonzalez-Galdeano, fifth in last year's Tour de France, has been banned for six months after a positive dope test and will miss this year's race. 

France's Council for Prevention and Fight against Doping (CPLD) decided to suspend the ONCE team leader after traces of the banned drug salbutamol were found in his urine following a doping test in last year's Tour. 

The International Cycling Union (UCI) cleared Gonzalez-Galdeano, who was holding the leader's yellow jersey, saying the Spaniard had a medical prescription to use the drug Ventoline, which contains salbutamol, as an asthma treatment. 

However, the CPLD ruled that the quantity of 1,360 nanograms found in Gonzalez-Galdeano's urine was over the limit accepted for therapy. 

“He did not produce in front of the council any justification linking the use of the substance to therapeutic use,” the CPLD said in a statement released on Wednesday. – Reuters 

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