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Vannoppen involved in doping case?

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Cycling News
Published:
August 04, 2011, 10:36 BST,
Updated:
August 04, 2011, 11:37 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Thursday, August 4, 2011
Belgian Tom Vannoppen

Belgian Tom Vannoppen

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Cyclo-cross rider reported to be given two-year suspension

Cyclo-cross rider Tom Vannoppen may be involved in a doping case, Belgian newspaper Concentra reported. According to the paper, the Belgian has been handed a two-year suspension following a positive test for cocaine after the Belgacom GP in Averbode on June 2. However, no official source has yet confirmed the news.

According to the Gazet van Antwerpen, the amount of the recreational drug found in Vannoppen’s body was so small that he will be banned from sanctioned competitions but could still take part in criteriums or other unoffical races in Belgium in the future.

The 32-year-old has been racing as an Elite without contract since 2008, when he was released from his last professional team Sunweb-Pro Job. He was then already under investigation for private cocaine use.

Vannoppen placed second at the Belgian cyclo-cross championships in 2010. His greatest victories include the 2001 Overijse Druivencross and a second placing in the 2002 world championships.
 

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