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Lefèbvre's career in jeopardy

The podium

The podium (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

Maxime Lefèbvre, the French 'cross racer who found himself in trouble after missing his antidoping control after the December 29 race in Middelkerke, continues to race despite having a huge weight hanging over his head. Lefèbvre placed second in the GP der Ster Sint Niklaas behind Sven Nys, but it wasn't his podium result that was foremost in his mind, it was whether his career will survive another suspension.

The 34-year old claims he knew nothing about the doping control, telling Het Laatste Nieuws "I knew nothing. At the finish the crew and myself had heard nothing of a control. For this reason we then headed home." Lefèbvre now fears that his racing days could be over. "After my earlier suspension [a one year ban in 2004 for a Heptaminol positive], a new period of inactivity might await me. Possibly that will mean the end of my career."

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