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Official announcement: the Danish star, and teammate, in the doping-trap

Tosh Van der Sande comes not in competition right now.

The 28-year-old belgian, who on a daily basis is teammate Lars Bak of Lotto-Soudal, has delivered a positive dopingprøve, and the belgian crew has chosen to suspend him. The writing team at its website.

Van der Sande is not yet convicted of anything, since it has not named the substance in the sample occurs in the nasal spray Sofrasolone, that is legal, if one draws attention to it. However, the international cykelunion, the UCI, has yet completed the investigation.

the team at all report it is, therefore, highly unusual, as it is the norm to not comment on or disclose ongoing investigations.

- After a meeting with the rider the board of directors has chosen to suspend him, pending the investigation conducted by the UCI and to allow the rider to structure his defence in the best possible way, write Lotto-Soudal, who do not want to comment on the matter further before the result is clear.

the Sample was handed over during the seksdagesløbet in Ghent in november, where Van der Sande formed the bar with team-mate and compatriot Jasper De Buyst and drove to a third place finish.

Tosh Van der Sande has a contract with Lotto-Soudal for the next two seasons - unless he gets convicted of doping abuse. Lars Bak stops on the team for the new year, after which he must run for Dimension Data.

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