Eladio Jimenez banned for EPO use

MADRID -- Spanish cyclist Eladio Jimenez has been banned for two years for doping with the blood-boosting hormone EPO.

The International Cycling Union says the suspension was imposed by Spain's national federation, which also fined him $11,000. The dates for his ban were not disclosed.

Jimenez failed a doping test after winning Stage 6 of the Tour of Portugal for the CC Loule team in August 2009. The 34-year-old rider said last December that he would retire if banned.

Jimenez's career highlights were stage wins at the Spanish Vuelta in 2000, '04 and '05.