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Berden likely to lose medal

After admitting having taken EPO in December, Belgian cyclo-crosser Ben Berden will most likely lose his bronze medal from the Belgian cyclo-cross championships. The Belgian Cycling federation considers that the intake of the forbidden substance before December 18 (Essen cyclo-cross race) would have performance-enhancing effects in January, too, even though the doping control performed on Berden on January 9, the day of the Belgian Championships, was negative. Therefore, although the disciplinary commission has not taken an official decision yet, Berden will most likely have to return his medal.

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