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

by Simon_MacMichael   January 22, 2012  

Syringe

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.

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Well I suppose if you're going to do it do it properly

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posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [594 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 17:10

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He must have been raging with all those 'roids? Devil

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [366 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 17:17

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Did he win the race?

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posted by _SiD_ [179 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 18:36

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If you're going to cheat, cheat like a BOSS.

posted by localsurfer [165 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 19:36

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probably the scorching start and burning rubber that aroused suspicion.

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posted by antonio [963 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 19:44

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As Michael (doc) Hutchinson put on Twitter :"Here's a man whom I think we can safely say wasn't expecting the dope testers at that particular race"!

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posted by TheHatter [811 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 19:52

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Pumping his body full of shite, and just to race as a third cat? Sheesh.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3311 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 21:38

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Anyone got any idea what the above cocktail is or what effect may be expected from it? From all I know it could be an over the counter cough medication, but I rather think not.

onward ever onward

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posted by bikecellar [227 posts]
22nd January 2012 - 22:14

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Tuaminoheptane is a nasal decongestant. Prednisolone is an anti-allergy medication. The rest I think are steroids. How pissed off would you be to take all that shit and still be shit? Am I right in thinking that the effect of steroids wears off? AND how much must that shit have cost? Maybe he should have put some of his blood in the fridge and done home transfusions like that other idiot! Maybe he could progress to a second cat!

posted by SideBurn [836 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 0:00

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Actually prednisolone is sometimes used in the treatment of persistent allergy and also for treatment of some inflammations (in my case treatment for an eye disease which put a stop to me cycle racing for a few years) - it is another steroid.

Tuaminoheptane is however a nasal decongestant and also acts as a fairly strong stimulant.

The rest are steroids (anabolic and cortico) and some metabolites of some of those steroids.

Steroid effects do wear off but if that lot was found in his blood I'd assume some of the effect wouldn't have gone yet.

When I was treated with high doses of prednisolone I had to stop racing but the effect in terms of short burst power was impressive and a bit scary.

Shay

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posted by shay cycles [234 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 1:16

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But, did anyone consider that he could have dined on a Spanish beef with a bad case of hay-fever? Thinking

posted by dino [57 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 1:59

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Tell that one to the Judge!

posted by SideBurn [836 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 10:06

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Provided it was a Spanish judge, you'd be let off.

posted by withnails [92 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 10:22

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If you're Spanish.

posted by nivagh [53 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 12:58

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I have looked up some of these drugs; most seem to be to do with asthma....and respiratory problems. I wonder if he was just asthmatic??? Or using someone elses asthma medication?? As I understand you can take these despite their status as banned substances if they are prescribed for a recognised medical need???

posted by SideBurn [836 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 13:44

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I'd reckon this was more than just one inhaler though. Maybe the cow was asthmatic - "Mooo! [wheeze] Hola, gringo [wheeze] mooo!"

Shay's description of one of prednisolone is interesting - I've just finished Lauren Fignon's memoirs, and he talks about being approached by people who asked him about his 'preparation' (meaning 'what drugs are you taking') - I can well see how the culture encouraged riders to dope. Hopefully that's on the decrease now.

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3311 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 14:32

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It must be hard to race in a professional peloton knowing that your rivals may be taking 'enhancements'. Ignore the health issues,cost,criminal,is it real, etc; just on a simple 'to cheat or not to cheat' decision; how many would? It would be great to go blasting past rivals; but the best part of any race is that 'buzz' at the end of either a personal best or good position on the back of dedicated training. Surely this 'buzz' would be diminished if your chemist/doctor also jumps up and down shouting 'yay'!!!

posted by SideBurn [836 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 15:27

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Bit disappointed that these are all steroids. Would have been more "impressed" with a broader range of doping products. It is possible that he may have only taken one thing; some kind of magic steroid cocktail sold to bodybuilders.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1355 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 15:53

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The fact he is a 3rd cat rider just show you doping alone does not turn you into a winning rider...
He was obviously one of those deluded people who thought doping would make him perform like Ricco Confused
There are just as many anti dopers (probably more) who also believe this same delusion Surprise

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posted by Paulo [110 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 16:36

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Sounds like he has a bad case of arthritis...ahem!

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FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [461 posts]
23rd January 2012 - 17:42

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Anyone know if you can purchase AC Boulogne-Billancourt jerseys in honour of this nut job?

posted by farrell [1512 posts]
25th January 2012 - 7:34

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farrell wrote:
Anyone know if you can purchase AC Boulogne-Billancourt jerseys in honour of this nut job?

Can't see a link on their website, sadly.

http://www.acbbcyclisme.org/

Part of a massive multisports club - 33 sports in total.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8245 posts]
25th January 2012 - 8:42

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Joking aside, an ACBB jersey would be a catch anyway, I'm sure. Not sure if it's still the case but back in the day ACBB was one of the clubs young British riders aspired to join and race with as a final amateur step on the way to a contract in the professional peloton. I may have imagined this but I believe Tom Simpson was briefly a member and I'm slightly more certain that Sean Yates was.

posted by nick_rearden [859 posts]
25th January 2012 - 9:47

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Rober Millar was with ACBB too.

Edit: Quick visit to the Wikipedia page reveals a long list of famous cyclists, too numerous to mention here.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1355 posts]
25th January 2012 - 14:27

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I would suspect that he is not the only one in his club doping, it's just that he isn't very good at it. In a club environment where there is a distinct possibility of being picked up by one of the pro teams, the pressure must be immense. No doubt this would trickle down through the lower echelons of the club.

I also can't help thinking that this may be more common than people would like to think. If there was no reason to suspect a cat3 rider, they wouldn't be testing.

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posted by mr-andrew [298 posts]
25th January 2012 - 15:09

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my thoughts exactly!!!! if you need that to race as a third cat he would be better off playing darts Wink

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posted by andrew miners [46 posts]
25th January 2012 - 16:53

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Just reading Dave Millar's account of his 'fall' into the world of doping. I guess some people never learn - and that includes an awful lot of French riders Phbbbbt!

posted by RoyTheBoy [5 posts]
25th January 2012 - 18:54

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andrew miners wrote:
my thoughts exactly!!!! if you need that to race as a third cat he would be better off playing darts Wink

[[[[[[[ DARTS? If a dartist did that much dope, I'd like to watch the match....the board would be in pieces on the floor in no time. Spectacular!
P.R.

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posted by PhilRuss [293 posts]
25th January 2012 - 21:42

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19 Years of age? What the hell are his parents and coach doing? It's the influence of more senior athletes that needs to be challenged. If his coach was involved in supplying or even supporting the taking of drugs he should be banned for life. Youngsters need guidance to develop not quick fix, short term results that lead to a ban or even worse.

Oh, and by the way I spent 10 years coaching youngsters to international level in competative sport so I do know what I'm talking about.

You may gather, it makes me so angry to see young lives jeopardised in this way.

posted by Posh [46 posts]
28th January 2012 - 14:00

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