The Belgian rider Tosh Van der Sande has a positive doping test taken during the six days of Ghent. His team, Lotto Soudal has decided the cyclist to be suspended in anticipation of the UCI investigation. That has the Belgian cycling team Wednesday night notified.
“Lotto Soudal was today informed by his rider Tosh Van der Sande of a positive doping test during the six days of Gent, where he in a personal capacity participated between 12 and 18 november 2018”, announces Lotto Soudal in a press release.
“The substance of which there is an approved substance and is present in the nasal spray Sofrasolone which are freely available and competition is allowed, provided that they are specified for a control. After the interview with the rider, the Board of Directors decides the cyclist to be suspended in anticipation of the UCI research, partly to the rider to allow his defense as good as possible, to substantiate.”
The 28-year-old Van der Sande is since 2011 active in the Belgian Lotto team. After a successful career on the track at the youth – he was world champion points race at the junior, he got on to the road. He won there in his first year immediately liège-Bastogne-Liège in the promises, but in the pros he raced mainly in service of the leaders in the klimklassiekers and stage races.
After six years of absence, he returned in november for the first time in six years, back to the six days of Ghent. Together with Jasper De Buyst, he was third. But he was there in a pool of the Flemish Community also caught on the use of a banned nasal spray.
For the Lotto team is the only the second positive control since Bjorn Leukemans in 2007 (and for which in 2012 he has actually been acquitted).