225x376-nikita-novikovThe decision to provisionally suspend this rider was made in response to a report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Barcelona indicating an Adverse Analytical Finding of Hydroxy-ostarine / O Dephenyl-ostarine in a urine sample collected from him in an out of competition test on 17th May 2013.

Due to this positive A-sample the rider is provisionally suspended by the UCI. The team followed the UCI in this decision. A dismissal of the rider will follow after a positive B-sample or when the rider refuses to ask for a B-sample, this is in line with the contractual agreement between the team and rider.

The provisional suspension of Mr. Nikita Novikov remains in force until a hearing panel convened by the Russian Cycling Federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules.

Vacansoleil – DCM team manager Daan Luijkx was very disappointed: “At the end of 2011 we hired this young talent for two years. Since that time he didn’t manage to reach his old level in our environment despite all the efforts of our team. It needs no clarification that as a team we are devastated by this. As a team you try to give your riders a safe environment with good coaching and staff and that makes it very disappointing when a rider does something wrong, like it appears this is the case now. When I talked to the rider last night, after the UCI informed us, he said he had no idea how the substance got in his body.”

Luijkx also wants to add something positive: “I strongly believe the sport is on his way up and I am sorry for the sport that this happens but it is good that possible breaches of the rules are traced.”

Mr. Nikita Novikov has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

Text via UCI Communications.