Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto-Dstny) returns to racing this Wednesday within the Alpes-Isère Tour however the younger Belgian climber says he has nonetheless not been clearly knowledgeable as to how a nasal spray – which he’d reported he used throughout an anti-doping take a look at this February – may find yourself with him being briefly positioned on non-active standing.
“I’m glad to have the ability to race once more, but in addition nonetheless indignant about how my course of went,” Van Eetvelt instructed Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws on Wednesday.
On April 22, Van Eetvelt was briefly positioned on non-active racing standing after the AFLD, the French anti-doping authority, queried his use of the spray through the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var this February, wherein the 21-year-old neo-pro had completed 18th.
Nonetheless, he was quickly acquitted of any potential wrongdoing and is now again in racing.
Van Eetvelt instructed Het Laatste Nieuws he remained unsure as to why the spray, which he had clearly notified the authorities he was utilizing, was ever the topic of full investigation.
“The French doping authority AFLD requested questions on a substance present in my physique. There are 4 classes: substances that aren’t allowed, substances which are permitted, substances which are solely allowed in sure merchandise, and substances which are at all times allowed. The substance that was in my physique belongs to the third class,” Van Eetvelt mentioned.
He instructed the paper he had notified the authorities through the anti-doping process that he used a nasal spray, as is permitted – whereas taking it in pill-form or by way of an injection is banned – to take the substance, which stays unnamed.
He additionally mentioned the quantity discovered was “minimal”, and subsequently couldn’t have been something aside from a twig.
“I have been taking that nasal spray for a very long time. It helps in opposition to allergic reactions and since childhood I’ve excessive allergy values,” he mentioned. “I nonetheless do not perceive what the issue was. However I fear it may occur sooner or later, so I will not be utilizing that nasal spray once more.”
Final 12 months, Van Eetvelt received the Course de la Paix and completed runner-up on the U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège and Giro d’Italia. Previous to the Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var, he’d raced three days of the Problem Mallorca, taking second and third, the Vuelta a Murcia, and the Clásica Jaén Paraíso Inside.
Van Eetvelt acquired the complete help of his workforce throughout the entire course of, who mentioned in a press launch when the case broke that putting Van Eetvelt on non-active standing was a measure taken in compliance with the rules of the Mouvement Pour Un Cyclisme Crédible affiliation, which the workforce joined in November 2012.
After participating within the five-day Alpes-Isère occasion this week, Van Eetvelt is because of go on to race within the Tour de Suisse later this 12 months.
“I obtained a whole lot of help, however I did not verify social media and headed to Tenerife to flee the fuss and do altitude coaching whereas it was taking place,” he instructed Het Laatste Nieuws. “Though I have not been capable of race for a month, my stage should be good and I’m hoping to carry out properly within the Alpes-Isère Tour.”