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Keisse positive on two substances?

By:
Ben Atkins
Published:
December 11, 2008, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:03 BST
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Latest Cycling News, December 11, 2008

Iljo Keisse may be facing double trouble, as apparently he tested positive for two substances on the...

Iljo Keisse may be facing double trouble, as apparently he tested positive for two substances on the last day of the Gent Six Day race. One is said to be cathine, while the other is still unnamed.

Keisse, Topsport Vlaanderen team doctor Daniël De Neve and soigneur Robert D'hont all confirm that Keisse was suffering from a cold before the start of the Six Day, for which the doctor gave him medication, none of which contained the forbidden substance. However, the product is contained in many over-the-counter medications. Later during the race Keisse came down with intestinal problems and took Immodium, which should not have caused the positive samples.

The Belgian said that he has not heard anything official. "I am still waiting for a letter from the UCI," he told sportwereld.be.

His team, Topsport Vlaanderen, is not saying much either. "We will not announce the details of the positive case," team manager Christophe Sercu said. "That is not the team's job."

Still, Keisse's manager Bob Verbeeck and his agency Golazo Sport, have suspended their work with the rider.

(Additional editorial assistance by Susan Westemeyer.)

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