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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