Toon Aerts facing two-year ban for letrozole positive

Belgian cyclocross star vows to fight two-year ban and hopes to race again in 2024

Toon Aerts
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Belgian cyclocross star Toon Aerts has revealed he is facing a two-year ban from competition, although he still insists he is innocent and hopes to compete in 2024.

Aerts returned a positive test result for letrozole during an out-of-competition doping control earlier this year, but still hopes to prove his innocence in the coming months. Letrozole Metabolite is used by people who use anabolic steroids and wish to block feminising effects or boost testosterone production. It is strictly prohibited in and out of competition and is considered a “specified substance” that does not require a mandatory provisional suspension. 

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