Adverse analytical finding - in competition test

Cycling South Africa reports that veteran cyclist Joe van der Westhuizen returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS) on 4 October 2014 at the Engen Cycle in the City Race.
The analytical report confirmed the presence of the Anabolic Agent, Clenbuterol as well as the Glucocorticosteroid, Prednisone and its metabolite Prednisolone in his urine sample.

Mr. Van der Westhuizen waived his right to a hearing and has been found guilty by SAIDS. He received a two-year ban from all sport effective from 4 October 2014 to 3 October 2016.

Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and respects the outcome. Cycling SA further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport and will continue working with SAIDS in the promotion of a drug-free sport via its awareness programmes and extensive testing.

All cyclists are urged to avail themselves of all the resources available to them to ensure a drug-free career in sport. In addition, all cyclists are advised to exercise extreme caution at all times with regards to any food and/or medical products they may come into contact with.


154 Comments

Spinnekop, Mar 26 2015 11:42

Jaaayyyyyy....I move into 3rd possie now on that crit.

Wonder if Joe will refund me the difference in winnings?  :ph34r:

 

**** it's funny that Vets have to dope to be competitive in SA.....I mean if you loose then you loose.....better luck next time and a challenge to train harder and smarter........ :rolleyes:  :lol:  :lol:

Spinnekop, Mar 26 2015 11:46

"The analytical report confirmed the presence of the Anabolic Agent, Clenbuterol as well as the Glucocorticosteroid, Prednisone and its metabolite Prednisolone"

 

That is no small amount of serious drugs which got there on purpose.

 

This is the sort of cheating that is deliberate and devious and deserves a life time ban from racing. By this I mean a racing licence. I have no problem with a banned doper returning to UNseeded funriding after a few years.

I was wondering the same thing.......

That is sure a pretty big mix of things.  Glen we all know from Contador and Chilliboy rugby dude......

The other stuff sounds like medicine. 

 

So it is hard to take a judgemental note if you don't know what he took? 

 

Anyone with decent knowledge on this that can speculate?  Was it deliberate or just a decent steak from blue-bull country?

carbon29er, Mar 26 2015 11:46

Joe who?

moer?

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Jaco-fiets, Mar 26 2015 11:48

Jaaayyyyyy....I move into 3rd possie now on that crit.

Wonder if Joe will refund me the difference in winnings?  :ph34r:

 

**** it's funny that Vets have to dope to be competitive in SA.....I mean if you loose then you loose.....better luck next time and a challenge to train harder and smarter........ :rolleyes:  :lol:  :lol:

I think the biggest problem with doping in this country is in the vets and sub vets cat

scudd, Mar 26 2015 11:48

Are there any previously banned dopers from the elites/VA/VB groups now languishing in the fun ride groups after their return?

EmptyB, Mar 26 2015 11:50

Are there any previously banned dopers from the elites/VA/VB groups now languishing in the fun ride groups after their return?

 

Good question.......

davem, Mar 26 2015 11:51

I was wondering the same thing.......

That is sure a pretty big mix of things.  Glen we all know from Contador and Chilliboy rugby dude......

The other stuff sounds like medicine. 

 

So it is hard to take a judgemental note if you don't know what he took? 

 

Anyone with decent knowledge on this that can speculate?  Was it deliberate or just a decent steak from blue-bull country?

 

Report says he waived his right to a hearing. If he had taken the stuff under doctor's prescription for a medical issue, I would imagine he would at least have a hearing to present mitigating circumstances in hope of a lesser sanction.

 

If any of the substances were subject to a TUE then they would be excluded from the finding.

 

The contents of the press release appear pretty damning.

Long Wheel Base, Mar 26 2015 11:52

I was wondering the same thing.......

That is sure a pretty big mix of things.  Glen we all know from Contador and Chilliboy rugby dude......

The other stuff sounds like medicine. 

 

So it is hard to take a judgemental note if you don't know what he took? 

 

Anyone with decent knowledge on this that can speculate?  Was it deliberate or just a decent steak from blue-bull country?

Article says he waived the right to a hearing. So it seems to me like it was on purpose. Otherwise he would try blame it on some red meat?

GaryvdM, Mar 26 2015 11:55

just a pity that they are not naming all offenders

 

If you take a look at all the "Adverse Analytical Finding" releaes here on  the CSA site, they all mention names.

 

The only one which does not is this: www.cyclingsa.com/anti-doping-press/2014/9/28/testing-results-suspicious-for-epo-doping where they had a whole bunch of suspicious but inconclusive results.

Long Wheel Base, Mar 26 2015 11:56

I think the biggest problem with doping in this country is in the vets and sub vets cat

And yet it seems they don't test there as often as they should? There are also lots rumours of a few top tandem men doping on a level up from LA and I don't think iv ever seen a tandem rider piss after the race(during the race it happens plenty, but not in a bottle!!!!)

GaryvdM, Mar 26 2015 11:57

Report says he waived his right to a hearing. If he had taken the stuff under doctor's prescription for a medical issue, I would imagine he would at least have a hearing to present mitigating circumstances in hope of a lesser sanction.

 

If any of the substances were subject to a TUE then they would be excluded from the finding.

 

The contents of the press release appear pretty damning.

 

Yip, and by waiving his right to a hearing, he basically admitted he was guilty.

90 Inch, Mar 26 2015 11:59

Its an expensive process to try fight a positive test, doing independent testing and getting expert witnesses, and as he is not a Pro who makes his living from this, take the ban and move on.

 

But it makes me wonder just how many vets at the sharp end of the peloton are doping ? 

Wyatt Earp, Mar 26 2015 11:59

He is guilty for sure, it's on The Hub .

Underachiever, Mar 26 2015 12:00

Regarding this statement:

all cyclists are advised to exercise extreme caution at all times with regards to any food and/or medical products they may come into contact with.[/size]
 
Should I ever by summoned to pee in a koppie, subconsciously I have no fear - my diet is not exactly the best around but I try stay away from processed stuff, don't use any supplements, use water only in my bottles.

BUT - I wonder if there IS anything illegal in day-to-day foods. Why would there be? Growth hormones in animal feeds and GMO used in foods to sustain the hungry world - the life cycle of food is getting shorter and shorter every day.
 
Coffee is getting cold - time to focus on positive matters.


+1000

Wondering about red wine - bought some lovely stuff from Spain recently - the home of the tainted steaks...

davem, Mar 26 2015 12:00

Checking that stuff on Wikipedia, the side effects are insane.

 

The diseases they are used to treat would mean you would be lucky to be on a bike, nevermind at the pointy end.

 

Madness I tell you.

Wyatt Earp, Mar 26 2015 12:00

Its an expensive process to try fight a positive test, doing independent testing and getting expert witnesses, and as he is not a Pro who makes his living from this, take the ban and move on.

 

But it makes me wonder just how many vets at the sharp end of the peloton are doping ? 

If you dig deep you might find a post where the hub decided to rip me to shreds .

90 Inch, Mar 26 2015 12:03

If you take a look at all the "Adverse Analytical Finding" releaes here on  the CSA site, they all mention names.

 

The only one which does not is this: www.cyclingsa.com/anti-doping-press/2014/9/28/testing-results-suspicious-for-epo-doping where they had a whole bunch of suspicious but inconclusive results.

 

I don't think we get told of all the positive tests, I suspect deals are made where riders "retire" or take sabbaticals to spare embarrassment

Spinnekop, Mar 26 2015 12:06

Are there any previously banned dopers from the elites/VA/VB groups now languishing in the fun ride groups after their return?

Only guy I can think off Owen Hannie?

Patchelicious, Mar 26 2015 12:07

Good! Test them all I say!

Was this dude in VB or VA?

Long Wheel Base, Mar 26 2015 12:13

Good! Test them all I say!

Was this dude in VB or VA?

VA

EmptyB, Mar 26 2015 12:20

Only guy I can think off Owen Hannie?

 

Never knew that....thought he was "Mr.Good Guy" 

EmptyB, Mar 26 2015 12:22

If you dig deep you might find a post where the hub decided to rip me to shreds .

 

Par for the course on the hub isn't it??

Spinnekop, Mar 26 2015 12:24

And yet it seems they don't test there as often as they should? There are also lots rumours of a few top tandem men doping on a level up from LA and I don't think iv ever seen a tandem rider piss after the race(during the race it happens plenty, but not in a bottle!!!!)

Unfortunately it is all about $$$$.

 

I still say they must scrap the Vets prize money and podiums (We don't do cycling for a living) and take THAT money and test more. 

 

 

Checking that stuff on Wikipedia, the side effects are insane.

 

The diseases they are used to treat would mean you would be lucky to be on a bike, nevermind at the pointy end.

 

Madness I tell you.

 

This is the BIG thing I don't really get.......it is Vets racing.  Why would you take the risk with your health?

Patchelicious, Mar 26 2015 12:24

Only guy I can think off Owen Hannie?


Must say I had a chuckle when he was forced to give his opinion on doping on SuperCycling during the Epic when Andrew and Gerald were not there...

Patchelicious, Mar 26 2015 12:25

Unfortunately it is all about $$$$.

I still say they must scrap the Vets prize money and podiums (We don't do cycling for a living) and take THAT money and test more.



This is the BIG thing I don't really get.......it is Vets racing. Why would you take the risk with your health?


Not about money.... Ego!