Greg Van Avermaet, who finished third at both the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix last month, has been cleared of doping charges by Belgian Cycling’s disciplinary commission.
The 29-year-old stood accused of using cortisone – he admitted having done so in 2012 under prescription to treat a heel injury – and the children’s medicine Vaminolact, which he denied ever using.
He was also suspected of having links to Dr Chris Mertens, currently under investigation for providing athletes with ozone therapy.
Van Avermaet, who faced a ban of up to two years, admitted using cortisone in 2012 after receiving a prescription to treat a heel problem, but his defence proved he had never taken Vaminolact.
In a statement, Belgian Cycling said that its disciplinary commission, “responsible for doping issues, declares the rider Greg Van Avermaet not guilty of the charges laid against him and as a result says there is no reason to impose any disciplinary sanction whatsoever on hm.”
Jim Ochowicz, president and general manager of the Belgian rider’s BMC Racing Team, said the decision justified the team continuing to let Van Avermaet ride, including at last weekend’s Tour de Yorkshire.
"We never doubted Greg's innocence," he said. "We are pleased with the decision."
Van Avermaet added: "I am happy this nightmare is over. This has been a hard period for me.
“Finally, I can focus only on cycling. I want to thank my friends, family and the BMC Racing Team, who supported me."
I'm willing to put myself forward as a control sample for the study.
The mechanic who fitted the rear mudguard had clearly seen the front mudguard fitter being put up against a wall and shot!
Isn't that to show how rugged and manly the devices are though?
50x11 @ 100rpm on 26mn tyres is ish 36mph , 52 chainring would be 4% more ish 1.4mph - 37.4mph...
In which case you know how vulnerable cyclists are, you know how to overtake cyclist and, more importantly, how not to overtake them....
The disparity in the image quality between Mark and Mike's images is stark....
What about Miguel Indurain?
Wow! I dream of getting 6,000km out of a chain! My bike has only just cleared 5,000km...
Maybe we need to take a note out of the drivists playbook and label the lack of secure bike storage as discriminatory against the disabled
Well, I passed this lot yesterday and they seemed to be enjoying the ride... (apparently it was the national chopper convention or something!).