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Italian cyclist Luca Paolini fails dope test in Tour de France


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Italian cyclist Luca Paolini fails dope test in Tour de France

Luca Paolini is on his way home and out of the Tour de France. The Italian cyclist has been provisionally suspended after he failed a dope test.

The Katusha rider tested positive for cocaine according to his team and the International Cycling Union – the sports governing body which said the sample was collected on Tuesday.

The drug is seen as a stimulant and banned in competition.

The 38-year-old was acting as one of the lieutenants for top sprinter Alexander Kristoff in the Tour.

It is the first time in two years that a rider has failed a dope test.

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