Toon Aerts responds to suspension decision announced by UCI

Athlete refutes accusations made by the institution

Last Tuesday (22), through social networks, Toon Aerts countered the announcement made by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) about the cyclist’s two-year suspension. The decision was released after being found in one of his exams, the substance “letrozole” which is prohibited by the institution and may be associated with doping.

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The athlete claims that in view of the decision, he was not contacted by any member of the UCI and, consequently, has not yet managed to appeal the accusation. However, the organization countered by confirming that the news may undergo a new assessment by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), within a period of one month.

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“I had to wait 1.5 years for this final verdict. Maybe I typed the word letrozole into Google 5,000 times during that time… hoping to find the missing piece of the puzzle. But we didn’t find it. Now where the hell did that come from? I still don’t know exactly how it got into my body. But I can’t blame myself. I threw thousands of euros into it, visited several universities, had several reports written by specialists”, said Toon Aerts.

The athlete’s defense and manager, Yannick Prevost, reports that the substance was ingested through a contaminated food supplement that had been located, however, the element was in an open container and so that they could prove the fact, the object would have to be be in an enclosed space.

“Now I am closing this rotten period here in front of me and together with my family and entourage I am trying to calmly find some peace and joy in life again. I just hope my case catches everyone’s attention because I’m already saving my heart for riders and athletes who may be going through the exact same thing,” said Toon Aerts.

According to published reports, the substance was found from the examination carried out before the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, last year, in Fayetteville, in the United States. The use of letrozole is prohibited by the Association and is usually found in people who ingest anabolic steroids and may have the objective of increasing testosterone production.

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