World cycling governing body the International
Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday said it had provisionally suspended
Australia’s three-time world time-trial champion Michael Rogers and Belgian
Jonathan Breyne over alleged doping offences.
In a statement, the UCI said that the banned substance clenbuterol was
detected in a urine sample given by Saxo-Tinkoff rider Rogers at the Japan Cup
Cycle Road Race on October 20.
“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,” the UCI said.
The 33-year-old has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B
sample of urine, it added.
Breyne, who rides with the To Win-Josan team, is also suspected of using
clenbuterol — a drug used to treat conditions such as asthma, and therefore
with the potential to make improve athletes’ breathing.
The substance was found in a urine sample provided by the 22-year-old
during the Tour of Taihu Lake in China on November 5, the UCI said.
The provisional suspension will likewise remain in force until the Belgian
cycling federation determines whether Breyne committed a doping violation, and
he likewise has the right to seek and attend the analysis of a B sample.