Cycling: BMC sack Frei over positive EPO test

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The Independent Online

Switzerland's Thomas Frei has parted company with BMC Racing after admitting to using the banned blood booster EPO.

The 25-year-old tested positive for EPO and has now left the team, whose riders include the Australian world champion Cadel Evans and American George Hincapie.

The BMC Racing Team president, Jim Ochowicz, said: "After Thomas Frei was officially informed by Anti-doping Switzerland that he was tested A-positive regarding the use of EPO, [he] confessed his doping violation to the team.

"[He] acted on his own and confirmed that his failure was without any relation to the BMC Racing Team. This complies with the team's own investigation on the case. The BMC Racing Team will now separate from Frei but thanks [him] for his honesty to confess his failure."