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Molano removed from Giro by UAE-Team Emirates for 'unusual physiological results'

Joe Robinson
14 May 2019

Colombian will be provisionally suspended while he undergoes further tests

UAE-Team Emirates have withdrawn Juan Sebastian Molano from the Giro d'Italia after the rider returned 'unusual physiological results' in the team's own tests.

The team confirmed in a press release that 24-year-old would be 'suspended to undergo further testing' and not take to the start line of Stage 4 of the Giro this morning.

In its statement, the team wrote: 'After tests performed under the team's strict and sophisticated internal monitoring system, UAE Team Emirates announces that some seemingly unusual physiological results have come back for the rider Juan Sebastian Molano.

'Following team policy concerning the protection of our athletes' health, the Colombian will be suspended to undergo further testing in the following weeks, in collaboration with the UCI, as we try to determine the cause of these unusual results.

'In order to protect the right to privacy, no further information regarding the matter will be released until results from necessary tests come back.'

The statement contained no further information regarding what may have caused the team to take action against Molano while the UCI is also yet to release a statement on the issue.

Molano was sitting at 140th on General Classification after Stage 3, 11 minutes and 59 seconds adrift of race leader Primoz Roglic.

The young sprinter was picked for the Giro to form part of yesterday's stage winner Fernando Gaviria's sprint train.