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Rogers suspects contaminated food in Clenbuterol positive
The Saxo-Tinkoff team has provisionally suspended Michael Rogers, but will await the B-sample analysis before commenting further on the rider's Clenbuterol positive, which was disclosed by the UCI today.
The team issued a press release stating that Rogers had made them aware of the result. "The Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins from a contaminated food source," a press release stated.
Rogers participated in Tour of Beijing the week before the Japan Cup. China has had a history of food-related clenbuterol positives. The country in 2011 outlawed the practice of feeding the drug to pigs to make the meat leaner, but testing in the industry remains scarce. Chinese Olympians were banned from eating beef, pork or mutton during their preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
In late November 2011 WADA issued a warning about concerns of contaminated meat and "re-emphasized the need for athletes to exercise extreme caution with regards to eating meat when traveling to competitions in China and Mexico."
Michael Rogers now has the opportunity to request an analysis of his B-sample. According to the team's Anti Doping policy, Michael Rogers is provisionally suspended with immediate effect.
Until further facts are available to the team, Saxo-Tinkoff has no further comments on the matter.