facebook
twitter
search
search

Russian cyclist Nikita Novikov banned for two years for doping

Jan. 14, 2014 at 3:42 PM

MOSCOW, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Nikita Novikov, a promising Russian racing cyclist, has been banned for two years for using outlawed substances, Russia's anti-doping agency said Tuesday.

The agency, RUSADA, said the action was taken after Novikov tested positive last year for hydroxy-ostarine and o-dephenyl-ostarine, which are muscle growth stimulants, the Russian sports news agency R-Sport reported.

The International Cycling Union suspended him in June after he failed a doping test.

The ban runs until June 6, 2015, RUSADA said.

The 24-year-old won the Tour de Slovaquie and Tour des Pays de Savoie in 2011 with the Itera-Katusha team. He participated in 10 races in 2013 as part of the Dutch team Vacansoleil-DCM. He finished 14th in the general classification and sixth in the youth classification in the tour du Nord Pas-de-Calais in May.

Novikov's ban is the fourth in the last month for Russian cyclists.

Latest Headlines
Top Stories
UPI horse racing roundup
NFL upholds Tom Brady's 'deflategate' suspension
Troy Tulowitzki trade blindsides Colorado Rockies players
Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr having back surgery
New York Mets' Meija receives 162-game suspension