Kanstantsin Sivtsov was suspended for four years by the UCI on Wednesday because of the use of epo. The 37-year-old Belarusian ended his career in September 2018 when he was temporarily suspended.
Sivtsov was found positive in an unannounced out-of-competition test in July 2018. He was driving for Bahrain Merida at the time.
From 2012 to 2015, Sivtsov was part of Team Sky (the current INEOS). In 2013, he was one of Chris Froome’s teammates when the Briton first won the Tour de France. He also drove for Dimension Data, High Road, Barloworld, Acqua & Sapone and Fassa Bortolo.
Sivtsov was a time trial specialist. He won a time trial in the Giro d’Italia in 2009 and became a five-time national champion in the race against time.
He finished twice in the top ten of the final classification in the Giro (ninth in 2011 and tenth in 2016) and finished sixteenth in the 2008 Tour de France.
Due to his suspension, Sivtsov is not allowed to exercise any function in the cycling world until September 2022.