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By VeloNews Interactive
In a written statement issued on Tuesday, the Navigators cycling team addressed the suspension of team rider Vassili Davidenko for a positive drug test dating back to April 7. According to the release, the team believes that the positive test was the result of an “over-the-counter herbal food supplement that did not have a full accounting of the ingredients on the label.”
The statement went on to emphasize that Davidenko had been tested several times before and after the April 7 test, all with negative results.
“The Navigators Team has full confidence that this result was due to the ingestion of an over-the-counter herbal food supplement that did not have a full accounting of the ingredients on the label,” the statement read. “Acting on his own, and without the knowledge of the team’s management, nutritional experts or doctor, Vassili purchased this nutritional food supplement based strictly on the ingredients listed on the label. An analysis of the supplement by an independent laboratory confirmed the presence of a metabolite of a banned substance, as initially reported by USADA. However, the presence of a banned substance is not necessarily a ‘positive result’ based upon certain limits, methods of introduction to the athletes’ body, and other extenuating and/or medical circumstances. It is important to note that Vassili has undergone medical control tests prior to April 7 and several times since that date in the U.S. as well as in France and Italy, all with negative results.”