Tour stage winner denies doping

CYCLIST: Spaniard Mikel Astarloza has denied doping after testing positive for the banned blood-booster EPO.<br /><br /> Astarloza, who won stage 16 of this year&rsquo;s Tour de France, was provisionally banned last week on the basis of an out-of-competition test in June.<br /><br /> &ldquo;I haven&rsquo;t taken anything illegal,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll do whatever it takes to find out where this supposed positive result came from.&rdquo;