Updated: Grégory Baugé stripped of individual sprint world title, Jason Kenny gets rainbow jersey
UCI's annulment of French track star's results could see British rider he beat named world champion
Jason Kenny has been confirmed as world champion in the individual sprint after world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, announced that French track sprint star Grégory Baugé has been stripped of the title he beat the British rider to win at Apeldoorn in the Netherlands in March last year. Annulment of Baugé's results follows a backdated one-year suspension relating to two infringements in respect of availability for testing and one missed test in the space of 18 months. France has also lost its team sprint title, which Baugé helped win.
In a statement released via British Cycling this afternoon, Kenny said: "The news came as quite a surprise and whilst it’s an honour to get my first senior World Championship title, I would have preferred to have achieved it under different circumstances. I am looking forward to riding the rest of the season wearing the rainbow jersey."
Sir Chris Hoy moves up to silver medal position from bronze. Beaten team sprint finalists Germany also benefit from the decision, with bronze medallists Great Britain again going into the silver medal position.
In November, the 26-year-old Baugé was handed a one year backdated suspension, expiring 22 December 2011, by Fédération Française de Cyclisme’s (FFC) National Disciplinary Commission.
That followed what the UCI described as “two breaches of applicable requirements regarding rider availability and one missed test in 18 months” on the part of the cyclist.