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Navigators’ Vasilli Davidenko, the winner of the BMC Software series, has been suspended by the Russian Cycling Federation for two months following the final adjudication of a positive drug test reported April 7 after a BMC race in Austin, Texas.
USA Cycling chief operating officer Steve Johnson confirmed Tuesday that Davidenko had tested positive for nandrolone (19-norandrosterone and 19-noretiocholanolone) at the BMC criterium. The Russian Federation formally suspended Davidenko for two months on September 17.
Johnson said the UCI reported the positive to USA Cycling following the Russian Federation’s decision. Johnson sad the delay in reporting the case was largely because of the involvement of separate national federations, the UCI and the new U.S. Anti-doping Agency.
“It was an unusual circumstance,” said Johnson. “A foreign rider on an American team, tested by a fairly new doping agency, with the results reviewed and adjudicated by another federation. It was the first time that happened since responsibility for testing was moved to USADA, though it’s not unreasonable to imagine that it could happen again.”
In addition to the two-month suspension, Davidenko’s Austin results have been negated, effectively stripping him of this year’s BMC title.
(John Foster contributed to this report)