Patrick Schelling handed four-month ban for 'non-intentional' terbutaline positive

Patrick Schelling (Israel Start-Up Nation) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Israel Start-Up Nation rider Patrick Schelling has been banned for four months after a positive test for terbutaline, which the UCI has treated as a 'non-intentional anti-doping rule violation'.

The 30-year-old Swiss rider tested positive for the asthma drug on February 24, on stage 2 of the Tour de Rwanda. While he has been stripped of his results from the eight-stage race, his ban officially started on May 18 and runs through to September 17, meaning he can return to racing in nine days' time. 

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.