The UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal has rendered its decision in the case concerning Toon Aerts.
The Tribunal found Toon Aerts guilty of an anti-doping rule violation (presence of letrozole metabolite in a sample collected out-of-competition on 19 January 2022) and imposed a two-year period of ineligibility, starting from 16 February 2022 (the date on which he accepted a provisional suspension).
After a thorough examination of the case, including several expert reports submitted by the Belgian rider, the Tribunal considered that Toon Aerts had failed to establish how the prohibited substance entered his body and imposed the standard sanction under the UCI Anti-Doping Rules (ADR) and the World Anti-Doping Code for the presence of letrozole.
The Tribunal also cancelled Toon Aerts’ race results obtained from 19 January 2022 (date of the sample collection) until 5 February 2022 pursuant to the UCI ADR and the Code.
In accordance with the Procedural Rules of the Tribunal, the decision will be published on the UCI website in due time.
The decision may be appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within one month.
The UCI will not comment further on the matter.
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