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Blood irregularities see cyclist Lobato suspended

Spanish cyclist Ruben Lobato was suspended for two years after his so-called biological passport showed irregular blood readings.

Lobato (right) was suspended by the Spanish Cycling Federation, according to an emailed statement today from the Union Cycliste Internationale. The passport programme was set up two years ago.

While there is no doping test ready for illegally transfusing one's own blood, experts say irregular swings in blood markers, such as haemoglobin, can indicate cheating. Some athletes try to raise stamina by increasing their volume of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.