DCU president expresses his shock at news and says governing body will continue to track down the cheats

The Danmarks Cykle Union (DCU), the governing body for cycling in Denmark, has dismissed one of its board members for doping after he tested positive for three prohibited substances during a veterans’ race in June.

A statement from the DCU, quoted on Yahoo! Eurosport, read: "On June 30, veteran cyclist Soren Svenningsen tested positive in a doping test in a Danish H40 race. The sample showed traces of two different glucocorticoids and testosterone."

The DCU confirmed that the 47-year-old, former owner of the defunct Capinordic cycling team, would be leaving its board with immediate effect and would also be vacating his position as chair of the Holte Cycling Club.

"I am deeply shocked to have received the news of Soren Svenningsen's positive drug tests,” commented DCU president Tom Lund. “We stand for a clear and consistent doping position in the DCU.

"That a leader in Danish cycling who is also a board member of DCU tested positive, and thus breaks our trust, is inexcusable.

"As president of DCU, I would like to emphasise that our anti-doping line will continue to be sharp and consistent, and we will continue to hunt down cheats."



Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


SideBurn [890 posts] 5 years ago

There is little evidence that glucocorticoids have any performance enhancing properties; why do people take them? I think because they sound like anabolic-steroids...glucocorticoids are not good for you and are only prescribed when necessary.

stewieatb [296 posts] 5 years ago

A quick google reveals that Glucocorticoids are the kind of "steroids" given to patients suffering auto-immune diseases. However they also increase gluconeogenesis - the production of glucose from other (non-carbohydrate) substances such as lactate. Whether that means it'll make your legs hurt less I've no idea. The side affects are pretty dire, too.

doc [167 posts] 5 years ago

What an incredibly daft thing to do - in a veterans race! I agree with the union, a complete breach of trust. Quite what the motivation for this sort of action is, who can say? So now he will get a suspension, which probably won't matter, as who would dare show their face again after being branded a doper at the age of 47?