Cycling: Aussie Olympic medalist tests positive

Posted: December 19, 2013 by kirisyko in Bike, News, Track cycling
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Olympic bronze medalist and three-time world time trial champion Michael Rogers of Australia has tested positive for clenbuterol.

The International Cycling Union said Wednesday that Rogers is provisionally suspended while his national federation investigates the case.

Rogers tested positive for clenbuterol at the Japan Cap on Oct. 20, the governing body said.

The previous week Rogers rode to an 11th-place finish at the five-day Tour of Beijing. Widespread use of clenbuterol in livestock farming in China and Mexico has made those countries a well-known risk for athletes as it’s easier to ingest the substance there.

Clenbuterol, which helps build muscle and burn fat, is the substance Alberto Contador tested positive for at the 2010 Tour de France. Contador was stripped of his victory and served a two-year ban.

Rogers joined Contador at Team Saxo-Tinkoff last season from Team Sky, where he rode in support of 2012 Tour winner Bradley Wiggins.

Rogers left Sky after being named in evidence in the Lance Armstrong case as working with the American’s favored doctor Michele Ferrari around 2005.

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