The rider has the right to request and attend the analysis of the B sample. In accordance with the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (UCI ADR), the rider has been provisionally suspended until the adjudication of the affair.
This constitutes the second AAF for a member of the UCI WorldTeam Katusha () within a twelve month period. Therefore, as per article 7.12.1 UCI ADR (), the UCI will refer the matter to the Disciplinary Commission which will render a decision in the coming days.
At this stage of the procedure, the UCI will not comment any further on any of these matters.
) Meldonium is classified as S.4.5.3 “Hormone and Metabolic Modulators” and has been added on the Prohibited List on 1 January 2016.
() On 10 July 2015, UCI WorldTeam Katusha rider Luca Paolini was notified of an AAF for cocaine in a sample collected during an in-competition control on 7 July 2015. Disciplinary proceedings are ongoing before the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal.