Sofie De Vuyst tests positive in out-of-competition check: I am completely devastated
Nov 27 2019 04:01 am CET

Sofie De Vuyst tests positive in out-of-competition check: I am completely devastated
Sofie De Vuyst tests positive in out-of-competition check: I am completely devastated
Photo by Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Belgian rider Sofie de Vuyst has announced that she has tested positive for 'exogenous steroids' at an out-of-competition test.

The rider -who was recently chosen Flandrienne of the year (best female rider of Belgium) and has a new contract with Mitchelton-Scott- said through social media that she received a notification about a positive result in an out-of-competition test. "This is a message I never wanted to write," she said on Facebook.

"To my great astonishment, yesterday I received the message that I tested positive for 'exogenous steroids' during an out-of-competition check on September 18. For me, ethical and responsible clean sports have always been paramount. Therefore, I am completely in the dark as to how this could have happened. I am completely devastated, the worst possible nightmare has happened to me."

De Vuyst, who is still under Parkhotel-Valkenburg's contract, was temporarily suspended. The result comes after a season in which she took the victory of the Brabantse Pijl and finished in the second position of La Classique Morbihan and the Flanders Ladies Classic.

"I shout out my innocence, even though I realise that I will encounter a lot of disbelief," the message continues. "I will try to do everything to prove my innocence and clear my name.

"Cycling is a wonderful sport, unfortunately, this message does not benefit its image. That also makes me very sad. The fact that my current team is getting negative attention in this way also affects me personally. These things are also extra motivation to clear all this up. The sport and the team don't deserve this either."
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