Tour de France 2013 – Stage 13

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Tour de France Auto 1964

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Rider Takes To Self-Suspension

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Leading South African rider Brandon Stewart has suspended himself over serious doping row for 11 months with Saids. The news has been confirmed by Stewart’s squad FedGroup.

The SA rider’s self-suspension is surely one of the most shocking incidents nit only in cycling but also in the wider sports world.

Last October, the FedGroup rider was informed about testing positive with a banned drug post a routine testing regimen taken 4 months earlier. South Africa Cycling also warned him about the possibility of being banned from pro cycling.

However, Stewart’s sponsors defended him saying that the “positive” result is due to the cyclist’s consumption of a clinically needed testosterone treatment – that he had already reported to the institute whilst appealing for therapeutic-use exemption. The athletes who are clinically required to consume banned substances are allowed to contend provided they have an approved exemption from their national anti-drug bodies.

“We are on full support of the initiatives aimed to achieve a drug-free sports scenario in South Africa. Brandon’s unpleasant tryst with the testing has culminated into voluntary self-suspension that can bring in serious negative kicks for the sport as a whole”, stated Scott Field, the CEO of FedGroup.

As per the reports from Stewart’s squad, the rider consulted a physician a year back following severe depression and mood swing experience on which he was advised to up his reduced testosterone levels. He consulted Anique Coetzee, the exemption liaison officer from Saids and she recommended the Nebido testosterone treatment to him. Stewart then further applied online requesting for the needed exemption for the medication.

Coetzee assured Stewart in writing that-“whilst the response for the application is pending, he is allowed to take up the treatment & continue racing.”

After 2 months of the application, the rider received an e-mail stating that Saids had decline his application.

Tour De France 2012 Stage 21

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Tour de France 1975 – Stage 15 (Pra Loup) – Thévenet

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2000 Tour de France Stage 16 Morzine EPO

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2014 Tour de France

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Mark Cavendish, nicknamed the “Manx Missile” is known to be the fastest sprint cyclist of the world. With a victory of 25 Tour de France stages in his career of road cycling, the cyclist stands 3rd among the winners in the all time list of Tour de France. In the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours, an MBE was awarded to Mark, for his services to British Cycling.

With all the honours and popularity up his sleeves, the Great Britain’s Cyclist’s focus right now is on the Tour de France of 2014 that is coming to UK. Mark Cavendish feels, in his own words, “super excited” about the event. The first stage of the event is believed to finish in Harrogate, which is luckily the home town of the Cyclist’s mother. Mark believes this will surely give him a chance to sport the yellow jersey of the sport leader for the first time.

The fast cyclist’s excitement does not just end till the Tour de France of 2014 but he aspires to content in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janerio and will compete to win an Olympic Medal. Cavendish won two stages in the Tour of Britain this year (2013). This victory took the overall tally of the Mark Cavendish to 25. He won the stage 4, leaving behind Elia Viviani in Snowdonia’s Llanberis. After 3 days he took victory in stage 7, outsprinting Elia Viviani once again and finishing on Guildford High Street. However, although the cyclist does not rule out the possibility of competing for Great Britain and to the Olympic track team of the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games; he says, this would depend to a large extent on the harmony of his preparations with his road racing, probably reminding himself of his contract with Omega Pharma-Quick Step whose manager wants him to completely concentrate on the road.

Chris Froome on the 2014 Tour de France route and riding with Bradley Wiggins

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