The 29-year Spaniard tested positive for the endurance-booster EPO in an out-of-competition control on June 26, eight days before the Tour began.
The UCI says Friday it has provisionally banned Astarloza from racing until the Spanish cycling federation can hold a disciplinary hearing. He rides for the Euskaltel-Euskadi team.
The federation can disqualify any of Astarloza’s results after June 26. He won the 16th stage of the Tour on July 21.
This should give Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux the stage win and other fin for a Frenchman.
AP Photo pf Astarloza after the stage 16 win, which he an now kiss goodbye.