Dutch Rabobank Cycling Team has announced the dismissal of Australian rider Rory Sutherland on Wednesday. With a first positive A sample returned at the Deutschland Tour and his B sample now found positive as well, the 23 year-old will know have to explain himself in front of the Disciplinary Committee of the Belgian Cycling Federation.
Rabobank has not revealed which performance-enhancing drug was found in Sutherland's body, but its Board of Directors has started "an independent investigation to the possible causes and circumstances that have led to a positive test." The investigation will be carried out by a Belgian scientist and a Dutch lawyer. The team has announced that it will only release the name of the substance when Sutherland will appear in front of the Disciplinary Committee.
Boogerd ends season
For Michael Boogerd (Rabobank), the season has come to an end. Originally scheduled to race the final ProTour event, the Giro di Lombardia, Boogerd has sealed his race schedule after the World Championships in Madrid, where he participated despite a knee injury. "I've tried, but it's not working anymore," he said. "I'm going to take a rest."
Rabobank has not yet decided on Boogerd's replacement at the Giro di Lombardia.