2020 elite men's Czech cyclo-cross champion banned for doping positive

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The Czech Cycling Association has given a four-year ban to the country's elite men's cyclo-cross champion Emil Hekele after the 43-year-old tested positive for two anabolic steroids, oxandrolone and clenbuterol. Hekele blamed the positive test on contaminated food.

Last January, Hekele surprisingly beat out some of the country's top professionals to claim the elite men's title, riding away from Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal's Tomas Kopecky and Michael Boros.

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