Updated: 12/19/2013 03:26 | By Agence France-Presse

UCI suspends Australian Rogers, Belgian Breyne over doping

World cycling governing body the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Wednesday said it had provisionally suspended Australia's three-time world time-trial champion Michael Rogers and Belgian Jonathan Breyne over alleged doping offences.


UCI suspends Australian Rogers, Belgian Breyne over doping

Saxo-Tinkoff rider Michael Rogers of Australia celebrates winning the Japan Cup cycling road race in Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture on October 20, 2013

In a statement, the UCI said that the banned substance clenbuterol was detected in a urine sample given by Saxo-Tinkoff rider Rogers at the Japan Cup Cycle Road Race on October 20.

"The provisional suspension of Mr. Michael Rogers remains in force until a hearing panel convened by his national federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation," the UCI said.

The 33-year-old has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample of urine, it added.

Breyne, who rides with the To Win-Josan team, is also suspected of using clenbuterol -- a drug used to treat conditions such as asthma, and therefore with the potential to make improve athletes' breathing.

The substance was found in a urine sample provided by the 22-year-old during the Tour of Taihu Lake in China on November 5, the UCI said.

The provisional suspension will likewise remain in force until the Belgian cycling federation determines whether Breyne committed a doping violation, and he likewise has the right to seek and attend the analysis of a B sample.

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