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Reports of Tom Vannoppen’s Doping Suspension

While cycling may get its good name dragged through the dirt on a regular basis, thanks to a near-constant barrage of doping allegations, typically, cyclocrossers tend to stay off of the “accused” list. However, yesterday a Belgian newspaper reported that Tom Vannoppen has been suspended for two years after testing positive for cocaine. Cocaine, in addition to obviously being a banned substance, is considered a “stimulant” under UCI guidelines, so testing positive for the drug is to test positive for doping.

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Klaas Vantornout with Tom Meeusen in the Tour of Belgium. © Jonas Bruffaerts
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Tour of Belgium: As Seen Through Cyclocrossers’ Eyes

A Telenet-Fidea jersey tucked in behind Tom Boonen’s Quickstep jersey in a sprint. Or a BKCP-Powerplus jersey wedged between Philippe Gilbert and André Greipel’s Omega Pharma-Lotto jerseys while shooting through a tight turn at over 30mph. These rarities can only be found in one professional cycling event – the Tour of Belgium, a five day stage race that weaves its way through Belgium’s countryside. [More...]

Since 2006, cyclocross racers have been taking the start of this event. Back then, it was only a handful of cross riders such as Sven Nys, Richard Groenendaal, Lars Boom and Sven Vanthourenhout. The cross racer count has since grown to about twenty coming from four teams – BKCP-Powerplus, Sunweb-Revor, Landbouwkrediet, and Telenet-Fidea.

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