Denise Betsema free to race as UCI announces back-dated six-month ban

Denis Betsema racing 2018 Azencross part of the DVV trophy series
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The UCI announced that Denise Betsema was sanctioned with a six-month ban from cycling following her positive test for an anabolic androgenic steroid last year.

Now eligible to compete again with immediate effect, she will rejoin her old team Marlux-Bingoal – now known as Pauwels Sauzen-Bingoal. According to Sporza.be, she will race at Kasteelcross on Saturday.

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Dani Ostanek
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Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

 

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.

 

As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix