Cycling - Galimzyanov handed two-year ban

Russian Denis Galimzyanov has been given a two-year ban after testing positive for EPO in March this year.

The rider, who last rode for Katusha, was provisionally banned by the UCI after admitting doping in the wake of his failed out-of-competition test.

Galimzyanov's ban will be dated back to April 13, 2012.

The 25-year-old was keen to distance Katusha, who have failed to win a World Tour licence for 2013, from his doping.

“I would like to draw particular attention for that fact that Katusha Team has nothing to do with what happened,” he wrote in April. “No team member knew and could know about what I did. It was my personal decision and my responsibility.”

That view was backed up by Katusha coach Viatcheslav Ekimov.

"What's happened with Galimzyanov only concerns him and has nothing to do with the team," Ekimov was quoted told the Ria Novosti news agency.

Galimzyanov, who was not on Katusha's squad list when the Russian team announced their 2013 roster this week, won the 2011 Paris-Bruxelles and the Tour of Beijing points classification in the same year.