Great news for Michael Rogers fans- the Aussie cyclist who was sentenced with a ban from UCI given positive reading on drug test has finally received clearance.
Rogers was accused for the intake of prohibited drug clenbuterol in Japan Cup final season which he won the past year.
The 3 time time-trial world champ is naturally happy with UCI’s recent decision and confirmed that he is all set to get back to his sport is earliest possible time. However, UCI’s clearance does not forgive Rogers’ Japan Cup victory last October which would be stricken out from the rider’s record.
Post his 1st positive test, the Aussie cyclist was suspended provisionally. However, the Olympian was firm on his innocence.
Early this week, the UCI officials informed about their acceptance of the 34-year-old rider’s explanation which claimed that the positive reading on the test was because of contaminated meat. The Olympian stated that he had the contaminated meat while he participated at Beijing Tour in China.
“Upon a careful & thorough analysis of Micahel Rogers’ explanations & technical reports, UCI feels that it’s significantly probable that the very presence of the clenbuterol drug might have come from contaminated meat consumption”, stated one of the official statements from UCI.
The Tinkoff-Saxo man participated in the Beijing Tour prior to contesting at Japan Cup.
Rogers was elated with the latest sanction from UCI. In one of his recent tweets he posted- “I received this extremely amazing news today that UCI has finally decided to clear the period of ineligibility. Thus UCI has lifted up the provisional suspension order on me. UCI have acknowledged that the very presence of drug Clenbuterol was given my consumption of contaminated meat- as I have always stated. UCI have confirmed no negligence or fault from my side.”