The race organiser of the Flamanville UCI World Cup cyclocross race in Normandy, France has reacted angrily to claims that the area’s dairy merchandise might have prompted two riders to return optimistic doping assessments.
The alleged hyperlink was raised by the sports activities administration company for Belgian racers Toon Aerts and Shari Bossuyt, each of whom examined optimistic for Letrozole throughout occasions in Normandy.
Letrozole is reportedly utilized by some farmers to synchronise cows’ estrus for fertilisation and the company warned its riders to not eat milk and different dairy merchandise through the Flamanville World Cup, which came about this weekend.
Nonetheless, race organiser Stéphane Leclère roundly rejected the most recent highlighting of the alleged hyperlink, saying it was merely a publicity stunt timed to coincide with the World Cup spherical.
“They already introduced that concept up previously,” Leclère advised Ouest-France. “And as president of the race organisation, it is less than me to take up a place on it, however the [anti-doping] evaluation confirmed up sure issues.”
“I am no specialist within the matter, however as a Norman myself, it is the primary time I’ve ever heard of this product, and to the perfect of my information, no rider from this area has ever examined optimistic or been accused of doping due to Normandy’s dairy merchandise. God is aware of we eat sufficient of them!”
Each riders examined optimistic for the breast most cancers drug Letrozole after racing within the area. Aerts’ optimistic got here after the Flamanville World Cup on January 16, 2022, and Bossuyt was racing on the Tour de Normandie Féminin on March 19, 2023, when she examined optimistic.
“We nonetheless base this on our speculation that Toon and Shari examined optimistic after consuming dairy merchandise in Flamanville. Their recordsdata present too many similarities to neglect this,” the rider’s administration firm mentioned in its assertion.
“Letrozole Metabolite could also be current in cow’s milk. Our speculation is that their optimistic check is because of this, however this has not been confirmed by laboratory analyses.”
Leclère, alternatively, argued that he believed the company’s warning was intentionally timed to “come up once more precisely two years later, throughout our World Cup weekend. It is a controversy designed to make folks discuss them.”
Aerts obtained a two-year ban for his optimistic, which is because of finish shortly, whereas a definitive verdict on Bossuyt’s case has not but been reached.