The UAE Team Emirates have withdrawn Colombian racer, Juan Sebastian Molano after ‘unusual physiological results’ were evident during the team’s own tests.

Molano will be provisionally suspended until the rider undergoes further tests.

The team have also given their confirmation in a press release that the 24-year old racer is set to undergo further tests and that he is at the moment suspended. This, in turn, restricted Molano from starting Stage 4 of the Giro on Tuesday morning.


‘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,’ the UAE team said in a statement.

‘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 test come back.’

That was the only information given through the online statement by the UAE team and nothing else was revealed regarding what may have forced the team to take action against the Colombian.

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.


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