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Doping by the dozen: 3-year ban for French amateur who tested positive for 12 illegal substances… in one race

Positive test returned after nocturne race in Parisian suburb last May

A 19-year-old French amateur cyclist has been banned for three years after testing positive for no fewer than a dozen prohibited substances, thought to be a record number in an individual case.

The cocktail of drugs was discovered in a urine sample given by Alexandre Dougnier, a third category rider with the Parisian club AC Boulogne-Billancourt, following his participation last May in a nocturne in the French capital’s suburb of Aubervilliers.

The ban imposed on Dougnier last Thursday by the Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC) will expire on 17 August 2014.

According to the FFC, the 12 prohibited substances discovered in the sample were 3-Hydroxystanozolol, 16b-Hydroxystanozolol, 4b-Hydroxystanozolol, 4-Methylhexanamine, Prednisone, Prednisolone, Oxandrolone, epi-Oxandrolone, Tuaminoheptane, Triamcinolone Acetonide, 6b-Hydroxymethandienone and 17-epi-Methandienone.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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