Anti-doping agency closes investigation into object removed from Remco Evenepoel’s pocket at Il Lombardia  

The team said the object was a bottle containing nutrition products

Remco Evenepoel after crashing at Il Lombardia 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
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The cycling anti-doping agency has closed its investigation into the object removed from Remco Evenepoel’s pocket after his Il Lombardia crash. 

Earlier this year the UCI ordered the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) to probe the incident, after video emerged showing a Deceuninck - Quick-Step sports director removing an item from Evenepoel’s pocket after a fall. 

After the incident, the sports director Davide Bramati and the team said the object was a small bottle of nutritional products. 

On Monday (October 19), the CADF announced it had concluded its investigation and had found no anti-doping violation had been committed. 

A statement from the organisation, which independently implements the UCI’s anti-doping policies, said: “The Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) has completed the investigation it initiated in the aftermath of Remco Evenepoel’s crash at Il Lombardia on August 15, 2020 and the viewing of a video that showed a  Deceuninck - Quick-Step sports director removing an item from the rider’s pocket before placing it in his own pocket.

“After having heard from all concerned persons, including the rider and the team representatives, the CADF concluded that no anti-doping violation was committed and considers the matter closed, unless new elements are subsequently brought to its attention.

“The CADF would like to thank Mr Evenepoel, Mr Bramati and the Deceuninck - Quick-Step for their collaboration throughout the investigation.” 

Evenepoel suffered an awful crash in his Monument debut at Il Lombardia, hitting a low wall on a bridge and tumbling into the ravine below, suffering a broken pelvis that took him out of racing for the rest of the season.

Video later emerged showing Bramati removing an object from Evenepoel’s jersey pocket, which prompted the CADF investigation.  

Bramati said he removed all of the items in the rider’s pockets as Evenepoel would need to be put on a stretcher shortly after.

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 The CADF did not specify exactly what was removed from Evenepoel’s pocket, but the investigators are satisfied that no offences were committed. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.