Hoste faces disciplinary action
Three-times Tour of Flanders runner-up Leif Hoste faces disciplinary proceedings after an apparent violation of anti-doping rules.
“The UCI announces that it has asked the RLVB [Belgian National Cycling Federation] to instigate a disciplinary procedure against the Belgian rider Leif Hoste for an apparent violation of the anti-doping rules, on the basis of information provided by the blood profile in his biological passport,” the International Cycling Union said in a statement yesterday. Hoste (35) retired at the end of the 2012 season.
The UCI also announced that Frenchman Steve Houanard had been suspended for two years after testing positive for the banned blood booster erythropoietin.
Houanard has accepted a two-year suspension from the sport after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug in September.
The UCI said 26-year-old Ag2r-La Mondiale rider had provided the positive sample during out-of-competition testing.