Reigning mountain bike marathon world champion Roel Paulissen has been booted from the Cannondale Factory Racing team for violating the squad’s anti-doping policies.
According to reports in the Belgian press, Paulissen, 10-time Belgian Champion, failed a doping control in June when he tested positively for the prohibited hormone Clomifeen.
“We are very disappointed that Paulissen violated Cannondale Factory Racing’s anti-doping policies,” said Bob Burbank, Cannondale general manager in a release. “We believe in a level playing field and support all efforts and agencies working to clean up the sport of cycling.”
Along with his Belgian national championships, Paulissen, 32, won the UCI’s rainbow jersey in 2008 and 2009 at the marathon world championships, topped the podium at a number of World Cup races and represented Belgium at four Olympics.
A message on Paulissen’s Twitter page said “in hard times you really know the people who believes in you …… i ‘m ready for the next fight!!”
Clomifene, a female fertility drug, can restore the body’s natural production of testosterone and is often used to aid in recovering from training.