USADA extends Dotti’s sanction due to his early return to competition

U.S.-based amateur receives two-year extension to his ban after racing in Argentina

Amateur rider Juan Pablo Dotti has ridden himself into a two-year extension of his doping ban, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday. Dotti was initially sanctioned for the presence of a banned anabolic agent and amphetamine in an in-competition test at the 2011 Tulsa Tough.

“Nevertheless, in October of 2011, in violation of his two-year period of ineligibility, Dotti began competing in cycling races sanctioned by the Unión Ciclista de la República Argentina (UCRA), a national federation of the International Cycling Union (UCI),” USADA said in a statement. “After receiving information about his potential violations, USADA conducted an investigation and determined that Dotti had violated the terms of his sanction. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes who violate the terms of their period of ineligibility are subject to having their period of ineligibility restarted. As a result of Dotti’s violations, his two-year sanction was restarted, beginning on March 10, 2013, the date of his last known competition. In addition, Dotti’s results from every competition he competed in since the start of his period of ineligibility have been disqualified.”

A native of Argentina, Dotti rode with the elite amateur Aerocat team when he registered his doping positive. He won a stage of the 2011 Tour of America’s Dairyland and was third, to countryman Alejandro Borrajo (Jamis-Hagens Berman) in the final day of the Tulsa Tough before that result was erased.