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Leukemans decision due June 27

Former Predictor-Lotto rider Bjorn Leukemans appeared before the Disciplinary Board of the Flemish Community on Friday, seeking a decision in his ongoing case for testosterone usage. The hearing was adjourned until next Friday, June 27 when the Belgian will know whether he is to be cleared of all charges or if his case must be re-examined.

Leukemans tested positive for testosterone in an out-of-competition control on September 26, 2007, just before the world championships in Stuttgart. He did not deny taking the substance, Prasteron, but said it was under advice from team doctor Sam Vermeire. Both rider and doctor were subsequently dismissed from the team.

On April 22, Leukemans was suspended for two years by the Disciplinary Board of the Flemish Community, but successfully appealed to the Council of the State, which ruled that the ban was disproportionate given the evidence on offer. The case was then referred back to the Flemish Community and three separate judges appointed. They must decide whether to maintain the two-year ban or absolve all charges. Leukemans made no comment at the meeting on Friday.

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