South African mountain biking’s euphoria at Greg Minnaar’s world title on home soil in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday has been tempered by another positive doping test in local cycling ranks.
Cycling South Africa announced on Tuesday that Philip Jansen van Vuuren returned an adverse analytical finding in an in-competition test conducted by the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport (SAIDS).
The sample was collected at the national MTB Cross-Country Championships held on 20 July 2013, and confirmed the presence of the anabolic agent Clenbuterol.
Jansen van Vuuren competed in the Men’s Under-23 event where he finished more than a lap behind winner and 2012 Olympian Philip Buys.
The rider is therefore provisionally suspended with immediate effect from competing in any event. The SAIDS process will now take its course.
Cycling South Africa respects the independence of the SAIDS process and will respect the outcome. Cycling South Africa further reiterates its zero-tolerance approach to doping in sport.