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Carl Grove “most likely” ate contaminated meat while competing at US Masters Track National Championships

A 90-year-old cyclist who set a world record at the US Masters Track National Championships has accepted a public warning after the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) accepted that a positive dope test was “more likely than not caused by contaminated meat consumed the evening before competing.”

Carl Grove tested positive for epitrenbolone, a metabolite of the prohibited substance trenbolone, in an in-competition urine sample he provided on July 11, 2018.

The test was carried out after he won the individual pursuit in the 90-94 age group. Not entirely surprisingly, he was the sole competitor.

Grove had tested negative for banned substances after an in-competition test on July 10 after winning the time trial and it was established that the subsequent positive test was most likely due to having consumed contaminated meat in the intervening period.

In 2012, Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France and 2011 Giro d’Italia wins after he tested positive for clenbuterol during the former. The Spaniard has always maintained that contaminated meat was to blame.

While investigating the source of Grove’s positive test, it was also determined that a supplement he was using prior to July 11, 2018 was contaminated with clomiphene.

Grove provided Usada with information about supplements he had used, none of which listed clomiphene or any other prohibited substances on the Supplement Facts label.

However, detailed analysis conducted by the WADA-accredited laboratory in Salt Lake City, Utah, confirmed the presence of clomiphene in one of them.

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