Italy's Colo, France's Larpe banned

AIGLE, Switzerland -- The International Cycling Union suspended Italian cyclist Alessandro Colo and France's Mickael Larpe for doping Friday.

The UCI said Colo tested positive for clenbuterol, an anabolic agent, during the Tour of Mexico last month. Larpe tested positive for the blood-booster EPO at a French professional league race in March.

Colo rides for the second-tier ISD-Neri team, a Ukrainian-backed squad based in Italy. Larpe is from the second-tier French Roubaix-Lille-Metropole team.

The UCI said both riders were provisionally suspended until their national federations call them to disciplinary hearings.

Also, Mikel Astarloza must pay a $194,000 fine in addition to his two-year ban for doping.

Astarloza's financial penalty was the most severe on a list of sanctioned Spanish riders published Friday.

The Spanish cycling federation suspended Astarloza until June 2011 after he tested positive for the blood-boosting hormone EPO while training for last year's Tour de France.

Astarloza was stripped of his 11th stage victory. He has said he will appeal.

Alberto De La Puebla, who also is serving a two-year ban for using EPO, was fined $53,000.

Hector Guerra must pay $44,000 and Isidro Nozal $22,000. Both used CERA and are serving two-year bans.