In a shocking bit of slightly bizarre news, Martin Maes has just announced that he’s accepted a 90 day competition ban from the UCI’s anti-doping committee despite it being for a non-performance-enhancing antibiotic booster administered for an injury by a race doctor at a race in New Zealand this spring.
However, rules is rules and Martin has accepted the ban, vowing to come back keener and stronger once he has served his competition ban. In a statement on the GT Bicycles website (link below the picture), in addition to saying that all of his sponsors stand by him, GT has said:
“The UCI complies with a set of strict rules and regulations, but also fully acknowledged the circumstances and that this was not a deliberate violation of any antidoping rules. As a result, Martin will be prohibited from racing for a period of ninety days. He will be disqualified from rounds 1 and 2 of the EWS and will be required to pay a fine of 2,500CHF. However, his win and results from EWS Madeira will not be affected as he returned a negative test result after going through doping controls at this event. “
Judging by the comments on his Instagram page, the racing world, and its fans are standing behind the rider and all hope to see him back better than ever after this setback.
The full statement from GT Bicycles can be found here: https://www.gtbicycles.com/usa_en/news/Martin-Maes-Announcement
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