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World No. 1 woman tests positive due to insect bite cream

World No.1 ranked Australian road cyclist Anna Millward has tested positive for a banned local anaesthetic, national women's coach James Victor said in Sydney on July 26 in . Victor said the drug, believed to be found in an insect bite cream, had been detected in the 29-year-old's A sample taken in France two months ago. He would not name the drug but said it was permitted under the Australian Sports Drug Agency and IOC guidelines "but the regulations are worded differently with the (world cycling head body) UCI. We are now awaiting the results of the B sample, we can't say

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By VeloNews Interactive Wire ServicesCopyright AFP 2001

World No.1 ranked Australian road cyclist Anna Millward has tested positive for a banned local anaesthetic, national women’s coach James Victor said in Sydney on July 26 in . Victor said the drug, believed to be found in an insect bite cream, had been detected in the 29-year-old’s A sample taken in France two months ago.

He would not name the drug but said it was permitted under the Australian Sports Drug Agency and IOC guidelines “but the regulations are worded differently with the (world cycling head body) UCI. We are now awaiting the results of the B sample, we can’t say much until then,” Victor said.

Victor said Millward’s susceptibility to mosquitoes was the reason for the use of the cream.

Cycling Australia chief executive Graham Fredericks said Millward, if found guilty, faced punishments ranging from a warning to a possible three-month suspension.

Millward has dominated this year’s World Cup cycling tour and with three races remaining appears set to recapture the nine-race series she won in 1999. She is competing in Germany, but her next round of the World Cup will be in Bordeaux, France on August 3.

Copyright AFP 2001