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UCI confirms provisional suspension of Rodgers

ESPN staff
December 18, 2013
Michael Rogers won the Japan Cup road race in October © Getty Images

Team Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Rogers has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for the banned anabolic steroid clenbuterol, the UCI has confirmed.

The UCI announced via a statement on their official website that the Australian had returned a positive test for the steroid during the Japan Cup in October. It is the same substance Alberto Contador tested positive for at Le Tour in 2010.

Rogers was part of the Sky team that helped Sir Bradley Wiggins to Tour de France triumph in 2012.

"The UCI advised Australian rider Michael Rogers that he is provisionally suspended," the governing body announced on their official website. "The decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo indicating an adverse analytical finding of clenbuterol in a urine sample collected from him in a test during the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race on 20 October 2013.

"The provisional suspension of Mr. Michael Rogers remains in force until a hearing panel convened by his national federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. Mr. Rogers has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample."

Meanwhile, the UCI has also stated Belgian rider Jonathan Breyne tested positive for clenbuterol during the Tour of Taihu Lake in November. Breyne has similarly been provisionally suspended in wait of the analysis of his B-sample.

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