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Lotto Soudal rider Van der Sande tests positive

20/12/2018 at 10:40Updated 20/12/2018 at 10:41

Lotto Soudal have announced that rider Tosh van der Sande failed a doping test at the Gent Six Day race in November.

Van der Sande came third at the event but it has now emerged that he returned a positive test during anti-doping controls.

Lotto Soudal have not confirmed the substance in question but say it is “a permitted one and occurs in the nasal spray Sofrasolone, that is freely available and allowed to be used in competition if mentioned during a control.”

A team statement read: “After a meeting with the rider, the Board has decided to suspend him, in expectation of the investigation executed by the UCI and to allow the rider to underpin his defense in the best possible way.

“Lotto Soudal will give no further explanations until the UCI procedure has terminated.”