• Jarlinson Pantano at the recent Volta a Catalunya. (Getty)Source: Getty
Colombian rider Jarlinson Pantano has been suspended after failing a drug test during an out-of-competition doping control carried out by the Cycling Anti-doping Foundation in February.
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Cycling Central

Source:
Reuters
16 Apr 2019 - 7:29 AM  UPDATED 16 Apr 2019 - 7:57 AM

Pantano is under contract to American registered UCI WorldTour team Trek-Segafredo which has riders like Australia's Richie Porte and Germany's John Degenkolb in its ranks.

“It is with deep disappointment that we have just learned that our rider, Jarlinson Pantano, has been notified of an adverse analytical finding in a sample,” the team said in a statement.

“In accordance with our zero-tolerance policy, he has been suspended immediately.

“We hold our riders and staff to the highest ethical standards and will act and communicate accordingly as more details become available.”

The 30-year-old returned an adverse analytical finding for Erythropoietin (EPO) after he was tested on 26 February.

“In accordance with UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair,” the International Cycling Union (UCI) said in a statement.

“At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on this matter.”

Pantano, who is now facing a career-ending four-year ban, can now request that his B-sample be analysed.

His last race was at the 2019 Volta a Catalunya where he recorded a did not finish (DNF) after Stage 1.

After turning professional with Colombia-Coldeportes in 2012, Pantano went on to ride for IAM Cycling in 2015 and 2016, before joining Trek-Segafredo in 2017.

He has picked up four wins during his career – a stage of the Tour de Suisse, a stage of the 2016 Tour de France, the Colombian national time trial championship and a stage of last year’s Volta a Catalunya.

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