The Synergy Baku Cycling Project announced that it has suspended Maxim Averin.
The Azeri rider returned a non-negative test for Meldonium at the Istrian Spring Trophy in March.
Averin has been provisionally suspended from both the Synergy Baku team and the national team until the completion of investigations, the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation announced Saturday morning.
The suspension in accordance with the team’s policies and strong approach to anti-doping at any level, he will remain suspended until the case is resolved.
“The detection of prohibited meldonium in the blood of Maxim Averin has caused a serious anxiety for the Azerbaijan Cycling Federation. Maxim Averin has been removed from both the national team and the club while the World Antidoping Agency (WADA) and UCI are processing the investigation on the aforementioned medicine in the athlete’s blood. The final decision will be made after the completion of the investigation,” the Federation said in a statement.