Ukrainian Honchar sacked for doping

BERLIN: Ukrainian Serhiy Honchar, expected to be a big Tour de France hope for T-Mobile this year after winning two time trials in the 2006 race, has been sacked by his team for violating their code of conduct.  

Honchar, suspended from the team in May after abnormal results in blood tests, was let go with immediate effect after new information had been gathered from tests, his team added.  

T-Mobile did not elaborate on the nature of the tests or give further information. Honchar has not tested positive in a doping test.  

A team statement on Tuesday said: “The T-Mobile Team today announced the immediate release of Serhiy Honchar and termination of his contract for violations of the Team Code of Conduct previously disclosed.  

“This decision by Team Management was based upon follow-up tests completed in early June and additional information gathered during his suspension.  

“Mr. Honchar is released immediately and is free to seek employment with another team or company.”  

The 36-year-old Honchar was suspended by his team for thirty days on May 11 after abnormal blood tests during the Tour of Romandy. – AFP