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Monday 24, Feb 2014

  UCI Instructs WCC Athletes Not To Consume Meat Due To Clenbuterol Risk

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Uci instructs wcc athletes not to consume meat due to clenbuterol risk

UCI president Brian Cookson has issued a warning about the risks of accidental positives in China and Mexico to all the national federations. Cookson issued this warning in wake of the positive tests for Clenbuterol, a drug for treating asthma that is used by athletes to lose body fat, concerning Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers and Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne.

In a letter, Cookson referred to the status of the drug as an anabolic agent on the WADA’s banned list that incurs a provisional suspension if a positive A test happens. Cookson however accepted that there is the possibility of accidental positives in China and Mexico. Cookson wrote that it is widely acknowledged that there is a risk of meat contaminated with Clenbuterol leading to a positive sample in an athlete and the World Anti-Doping Agency has specifically drawn attention to this problem in China and Mexico.

Cookson also remarked that athletes who are under our care at the World Cycling Centre in Switzerland, as a consequence, have been told that they should not eat meat in these countries.

Crelan-Euphony rider Jonathan Breyne was competing in the Tour of Taihu when he tested positive for Clenbuterol, while the positive test of Tinkoff Saxo rider Michael Rogers occurred at the Japan Cup, days after he finished the Tour of Beijing. Rogers has insisted that he never knowingly consumed the drug and Breyne said the same. Breyne tried to attempt suicide in December after being immensely pressurized by the positive test for Clenbuterol but has recovered now. After Rogers’ positive test, Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen remarked that the UCI has to take up some responsibility for any positive tests to Clenbuterol in China.

UCI spokesman Louis Chenaille, when asked if Cookson’s statement could have an impact on the disciplinary hearings by the national federations of Breyne and Rogers, said that the governing body of cycling would not be the one making the decisions in the cases. Chenaille remarked this is not a matter of us and it is for the national federations and the anti doping bodies and added we want to be professional in that we wish to alert the national federations about the risks in some countries.

The UCI spokesman added that the cycling’s governing body had information discussions with the World Anti-Doping Agency and the authorities in China in order to make sure that everyone was on the same level as regards the issue. Chenaille also remarked that the Tour of Beijing organizers, the UCI, the local authorities and the teams have been discussing the issue of food safety since the first edition of the race in 2011. He also said that measures put in place as a result of these discussions include the employment by the organizers of a dedicated cook to supervise food in all the hotels which house the riders during the race and the UCI will be discussing this issue with all parties concerned, particularly with WADA, to see if there are improvements which can be made to the current regulatory structure and the arrangements in place at the race.

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Monday 30, Dec 2013

  Rogers Reiterates Claims Of Ingesting Clenbuterol From Chinese Food

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Three-time World Time-Trial Champion @Michael Rogers has reiterated his claims of innocence in regard to his provisional suspension after testing positive to Clenbuterol.

The Australian professional road bicycle racer who was previously with Team Sky and presently rides for Team Saxo-Tinkoff was provisionally suspended by the world governing body of cycling, the UCI, after returning an A Sample from his successful Japan Cup campaign that revealed traces of the banned substance. In a statement, Rogers said he was the victim of a mix-up with contaminated food in China. The statement said Rogers would like to make it very clear, in the strongest terms possible that he had never knowingly or deliberately ingested Clenbuterol.

The cyclist added that he can advise that during the period 8th-17th of October, before arriving in Japan, he was present in China for the World Tour race, Tour of Beijing and said he understands that it has been acknowledged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as other anti-doping bodies, that food contaminated with Clenbuterol is a serious problem in China. Michael Rogers went on to add that he in the following weeks will have the opportunity to explain this unfortunate situation to the UCI, in which he will give his full attention and cooperation to resolve this issue in the quickest time frame possible and added that he would like to thank those around the world, who have shown compassion and understanding of this situation that he has been placed in. Michael Rogers, who was instrumental in the Tour de France win of Bradley Wiggins, will be prevented from competing again until it is proven whether or not he has doped.

Meanwhile, Australia’s champion cyclist Anna Meares has remarked she is disappointed about Michael Rogers’ positive test to Clenbuterol. Meares added that she is sick of the controversial men’s peloton tarring the entire community of cycling with the same brush. The five-time Olympic medalist was left surprised by the claim of Rogers of ingesting Clenbuterol by way of contaminated food and said the cycling team had been repeatedly warned by national team managers at the world cup in Mexico earlier this year about eating pork, beef, and lamb. Meares added we as professional athletes need to take responsibility for what we’re putting in our mouths and into our body on a food basis, on a supplements basis and on a medical basis.

Cycling Australia will seek a maximum two-year ban for the cyclist, if he is found guilty of doping. Meanwhile, Michael Rogers has been suspended pending his requested analysis of a B sample.

At the 2010 Tour de France, Alberto Contador, Rogers’ team-mate at Saxo-Tinkoff, tested positive for Clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France and was banned for two years and stripped of the title.

In another development, British professional road racing cyclist Jonathan Tiernan-Locke who rides for UCI ProTeam Team Sky will face disciplinary proceedings over anti-doping rule violation. The 2012 Tour of Britain winner’s biological passport showed anti-doping rule violation.

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Saturday 28, Dec 2013

  Michael Rogers Suspended For Doping

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Cycling veteran Michael Rogers of Australia has been provisionally suspended by the world’s governing body of cycling. The three-time world time trial champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist tested positive for Clenbuterol, a drug used to treat asthma and used by athletes to cut body fat.

The 33-year-old has however claimed that the positive urine sample during his victory at the Japan Cup Road Race on October 20 may have been caused by contaminated food. The Saxo-Tinkoff rider denies deliberate doping but the UCI said the provisional suspension of Rogers would remain in force until a hearing convened by Cycling Australia identifies whether or not Rogers has committed an anti-doping rule violation. The cyclist competed in China a week before his positive drugs test. This was despite the UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency issuing a warning in the past to exercise a high sense of care and caution in China because of the use of illicit use of the growth promoter in livestock there.

In a statement, Saxo-Tinkoff said Michael Rogers immediately informed the team management about the notification from the UCI and the Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins (came) from a contaminated food source. It added that Rogers participated in the Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup and traveled directly from China to Japan.

Rogers won three consecutive World Time Trial Championships between 2003 and 2005 and was upgraded to bronze in the time trial at the 2004 Atlanta Olympics after Tyler Hamilton was disqualified. The cyclist has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample. A veteran of nine Tour de France campaigns, Rogers left Team Sky where he rode in support of 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins. He left Team Sky after he was named in evidence in the Lance Armstrong case as working with Michele Ferrari, the favored doctor of Armstrong.

Meanwhile, Interim Cycling Australia chief executive Adrian Anderson has remarked Rogers should face maximum ban if found guilty. He remarked Cycling Australia would support the maximum sanctions under the World Anti-Doping Agency code if the veteran cyclist is found guilty of doping and added that the fact that the drug testing process continues to uncover positive tests should be a lesson to all cyclists that if they chose to dope they can expect to be caught. In a statement, Cycling Australia said Michael Rogers does not hold an Australian racing licence and sanctions against him would not be determined by Cycling Australia if charges against Rogers are proven right. Anderson added that Cycling Australia would support the World Anti-Doping Agency, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, and the applicable national federation in whatever action they deem appropriate.

The world’s governing body of cycling also announced that Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne has also been suspended for a positive test for Clenbuterol at the Tour of Taihu Lake in China on November 5.

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