Cycling: Astarloza vows to clear name after positive test

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Tour de France stage winner Mikel Astarloza said yesterday he had no idea how he tested positive for the endurance-booster EPO in a sample taken before the start of the race.

The 29-year-old Spaniard has been provisionally suspended by cycling's governing body after returning a positive test in June.

"I know that I have not taken any prohibited substance and I say so emphatically," Astarloza said. "Whatever it takes, I'm going to discover how this supposed positive result happened. I've never been under suspicion, neither by the UCI nor by my team, and my biological parameters have always been correct."