Leukemans' two-year suspension upheld

The disciplinary committee of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community) on Tuesday upheld Björn...

The disciplinary committee of the Vlaamse Gemeenschap (Flemish Community) on Tuesday upheld Björn Leukemans' two-year suspension for testosterone usage, rejecting his appeal of the sentence handed down in January. The Belgian rider had argued that a team doctor prescribed a substance which caused the positive test and therefore he was not responsible. Leukemans can further appeal the suspension to the Council of the State.

The 30 year-old tested positive at an unannounced, out-of-competition test shortly before the World Championships in Stuttgart last September. The team subsequently fired both Leukemans and the doctor whom he alleged provided the substance.

The former Silence-Lotto rider did not attend the session on Tuesday. His attorney, Johnny Maeschalck, told the Belga news agency: "I will first study the decision. Then I will talk to Björn and together we will discuss what we will do."

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