Leukemans hit with two-year ban

Belgian rider will appeal

Belgian cyclist Björn Leukemans was handed a two-year ban Thursday by the Flemish anti-doping authorities following his positive test for testosterone.

Leukemans tested positive for the banned performance enhancer at an out of competition test on September 26, four days prior to the world championships road race in Stuttgart where he finished 13th.

The 30-year-old, who was subsequently sacked by his team Predictor-Lotto (since renamed Silence), will appeal the decision according to his lawyer on Thursday.

The Belgian claimed that the positive result was due to a medicine named Prasteron, which he says was given to him by a team doctor at Predictor, Sam Vermeire.

Leukemans' ban will begin on February 15, 2008.

© AFP 2008

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