RadioSchack rider fails drug test

Courtesy Sapa – AP

A Chinese rider on Lance Armstrong’s Team RadioShack has been confirmed as testing positive for banned substances, an official newspaper reported on Sunday.

Li Fuyu’s B sample came back positive for Clenbuterol, an anabolic agent that can be used to reduce body fat, China Daily reported, citing Zhang Bin, secretary-general of the Chinese Cycling Association.

The 32-year-old rider has been suspended since late April, after failing an in-competition test on March 23 at the Dwars Door Vlaanderen in Belgium. Zhang said the rider has denied using illegal substances but that the suspension remains in effect.

“Now there is no doubt … No matter what his excuse was, and no matter how prominent he is in China cycling, the result has been confirmed and it is impossible to change,” Zhang was quoted as saying.

China will send its decision to the International Cycling Union soon, China Daily reported, adding that Li will likely face a two-year ban.

RadioShack has said Li would be fired from the team if his B sample confirmed the positive test.

Li was the first Chinese professional to join a ProTour team in 2007.