Posted: Jul 12, 2014 1:42 PM
Updated: Jul 12, 2014 1:42 PM
GERARDMER, France (AP) Retired Russian rider Denis Menchov who won the Spanish Vuelta twice and the 2009 Giro d'Italia has been given a two-year ban and stripped of his results in three Tour de France races for anti-doping rule violations, a spokesman for the International Cycling Union confirmed on Saturday.
The ruling came to light in a table of doping sanctions posted on the UCI website on June 30, but it passed largely unnoticed until Saturday.
Menchov, who retired last year, is banned until April 9, 2015, and has been stripped of his results in the Tours de France in 2009, 2010, and 2012, according to the table.
In a phone interview with The Associated Press, UCI spokesman Louis Chenaille explained that the UCI, under new president Brian Cookson, has found "a new way of communicating" on doping violations: By simply placing the information, when warranted, on its website a just-the-facts approach and not issuing news releases.