Franck Bouyer, a French Bouygues Telecom rider, has been heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne on Friday, March 4. Accompanied by several doctors as well as his lawyer, Bouyer wants the CAS to overrule a decision taken by the UCI, according to which the rider cannot participate in races because he has to take specific drugs to relieve him from his narcolepsy, an illness resulting in irresistible sleep attacks. Components of the drug are included in the list of banned substances, so Bouyer would be controlled positive if he was tested, but cannot ride his bike safely without the medication.
Cyclingnews was told by the CAS the hearing was completed in the afternoon, but the court will deliberate its decision until the end of this month. Bouyer has not been able to compete since May 2004.