Georges tests positive

Ivrea - French rider Sylvain Georges is facing a disciplinary hearing after confirmation Tuesday of the presence of a banned substance in a sample taken after last week's Giro d'Italia seventh stage.

The stimulant heptaminol was detected in the AG2R cyclist's urine after the May 10th seventh stage, with the B sample released by cycling's governing body the UCI confirming the original finding.

"Conforming to the rules, the UCI will ask the French Cycling Federation to start a disciplinary procedure against the rider," a UCI statement announced.

Georges quit the Tour of Italy following his positive test.

Heptaminol, used to improve blood circulation, is available over the counter in pharmacies in France.

- Sapa

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