Tosh Van der Sande Wednesday we received good news from the UCI. The Belgian rider will not get a penalty after he during the six days of Ghent is a positive finding, gathering. His lawyers Johnny Maeschalck and Kristof De Saedeleer had a defence to the UCI forwarded by the disciplinary commission of the UCI is followed. The UCI considers the matter closed. Lotto-Soudal, the team of Van der Sande, is officially still not on the height.
The sky fell, december 19, at the head of Tosh Van der Sande (28). He got out of NADO Flanders to hear that he was on the last day of the Ghent six-day positive test to the anti-inflammatory drug prednisolone. Lotto-Soudal suspended Van der Sande immediately, according to the official press release “partly to the rider to allow his defense as good as possible, to substantiate.”
“My steel contained prednisolone, originating from the nasal spray Sofrasolone”, explained Van der Sande. “This nasal spray is available free, I was worried by the team doctor and is admitted in-competition to the extent stated on the dopingcontroleformulier. I took this intranasal. In the hustle and bustle was in error on the form “Mometasone spray” instead of “Sofrasolone”, which for the same medical indications is used. So, it is purely a material mistake. In the past I already used alternates between the two nasal sprays, increasingly delivered through a team doctor.”
Together with his advisers, Johnny Maeschalck and Kristof De Saedeleer and his manager Jef Van den Bosch sent Van der Sande a defence to the UCI. The disciplinary commission of the UCI believes the explanation of the Belgian rider and has the case closed. The 28-year-old Van der Sande can so re-quotes.
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.