27 Oct 2011

Wet bus ticket treatment for Russian cyclist

8:00 am on 27 October 2011

A leading Russian cyclist has avoided suspension and been fined just $2,000 after being disqualified from this year's Tour de France for failing a drugs test.

Alexander Kolobnev, the road race bronze medallist at the Bejing Olympics, tested positive for a masking agent that hides the presence of performance-enhancing drugs in the system.

There was no explanation from the Russian Cycling Federation regarding the lenient fine, and its decision not to ban the 30-year-old.

The International Cycling Union has four weeks to contest the ruling.