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Two Slovenian Cyclists Barred

September 23, 2005

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Two cyclists from Slovenia were barred from the under 23-men’s road race at the world championships this weekend after undergoing blood tests Friday. Two Bulgarian riders were cited a day earlier.

The International Cycling Union said tests on Simon Spilak and Vladimir Kerkez of Slovenia showed they were ``unfit″ for competition. No further details were released.

Cyclists are regularly tested to see if their red blood cell levels are within limits. A high red blood cell count is an indicator that illegal blood boosting may have taken place.

Bulgarians Bogdan Stoytchev and Ivailo Gabrovski were banned Thursday for the same reason. Stoytchev was in the under-23 category, Gabrovski in the elite division. Road race contenders from Australia, France, Italy and Kazakhstan also were tested Friday.

Friday is a rest day before Saturday’s road races in the men’s under-23 and elite women’s divisions. The elite men’s road race is Sunday.

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