Australian cyclist Michael Rogers fails doping test

PTI| Updated: Dec 19, 2013, 08:45 AM IST

Sydney: Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has been provisionally suspended by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) after testing positive for the banned substance clenbuterol at October`s Japan Cup Cycle Road Race, media reported Thursday.

The world`s governing body for cycling, the UCI, said the decision to provisionally suspend Rogers would remain in force until a hearing panel convened by Cycling Australia determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation, Xinhua reported citing a UCI statement.

"Rogers has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample," the UCI statement said.

According to the UCI, a report from a laboratory in Tokyo accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) showed an adverse analytical finding of clenbuterol in a urine sample collected from Rogers in a test during the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race Oct 20.

But Rogers denies deliberate doping, fearing a contaminated food source is the reason behind the test result, media reports said.

The 33-year-old Saxo-Tinkoff rider is a three-time World Time-Trial Champion, winning consecutively in 2003, 2004 and 2005.

"Michael Rogers immediately informed Saxo-Tinkoff`s management about the notification from the UCI," the cycling team said in a statement.

"The Australian explained to the team management that he never ingested the substance knowingly nor deliberately and fears that the adverse analytical finding origins from a contaminated food source."