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Last Updated: Tuesday, 1 March, 2005, 22:33 GMT
Perez handed ban for failed test
Santiago Perez
Santiago Perez was second in the Tour of Spain
Santiago Perez has been banned for two years by the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) after testing positive for a blood transfusion last September.

The 27-year-old tested positive following the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain while riding for Phonak.

He denied any wrongdoing and may still appeal against the decision.

Blood doping is a way of enhancing an athlete's endurance by increasing the amount of red cells in the blood, using his blood or a donor of the same group.

Perez's former team-mate and Olympic time trial champion Tyler Hamilton tested positive for blood transfusions at both the Tour of Spain and the Athens Olympics.

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