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Biological Passport Abnormalities: Australian Cyclist Gets Four-Year Ban

The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) has announced that Australian cyclist Robert Stannard has been found guilty of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) by the UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal. The violation pertains to unexplained abnormalities in Stannard’s Biological Passport during the years 2018 and 2019.

As a result of the Tribunal’s decision, Stannard has been handed a four-year suspension, effective August 17, 2018, the date the first abnormality appeared. In addition to the suspension, Stannard faces a monetary fine equivalent to 70% of his average annual salary for the years in question.

The UCI’s decision adheres to the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules. This development underscores the UCI’s commitment to maintaining the integrity of cycling through rigorous anti-doping measures and upholding the principles of fair play and sportsmanship within the sport.