Cyclisme-UCI sentences Mexican rider Villalobos to four years in suspension for doping

December 22 (Reuters)Two-time Mexican national champion Luis Villalobos has been suspended for four years after cycling’s governing body, the UCI, said on Wednesday he had been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation.

The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal said it found the presence of GHRP-6 – a growth hormone-releasing hexapeptide and a banned substance on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list – in the Villalobos sample from 2019 then that he was with the United States. Aevolo.

“The court found the rider guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of GHRP-6) and imposed a four-year suspension period on the rider,” the UCI said in a statement.

Villalobos, 23, had been provisionally suspended in May of last year. He had joined EF Pro Cycling in 2019, but the team suspended the rider indefinitely after the Adverse Analytical Finding.

“If we had known, we would not have signed Luis. The onus is on the UCI as there is no internal testing program that has access to the level of equipment needed to screen for GHRP-6. “said the CEO of the team. Jonathan Vaughters had said last year.

Villalobos won the Mexican National Time Trial Championship in 2018 and 2019.

(Report by Rohith Nair in Bangalore;)

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