Last Wednesday (16), through social networks and official websites, Jumbo-Visma announced that Michel Hessman was provisionally suspended for having presented a positive result in the anti-doping test carried out in one of the team’s unofficial competitions, on June 14.
In the statement, the team disclosed that the athlete had positive signs for doping from a substance found in “a diuretic that was contained in a medicine”, however, Jumbo-Visma did not specify further details about the applied measure.
Michel Hessmann will have the opportunity to appeal the measure when the investigation is finalized. According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, if the cyclist fails to explain why the substance was found in the tests, he could be punished for four years.
“It was an out-of-competition check on June 14 in Germany. The product detected is a diuretic drug. We await the results of further research. Michel Hessmann has been suspended by the team until further notice,” said the statement published by Jumbo-Visma.
Before the announcement, according to the Wielerflits website, the athlete was confirmed to participate in the BEMER Cyclassics World Tour competition, in Hamburg, Germany, which would take place next Sunday (20). So far the cyclist has not positioned himself on the news.