Belgian cyclist Jonathan Breyne is recovering from a suicide attempt. The cyclist received news of a positive doping test for Clenbuterol a few days back and swallowed large amounts of pills one day later.
The 22-year-old Breyne was rushed to a hospital in Gent to get his stomach pumped empty and is now released from the hospital after spending a night. The cyclist, who rides for Crelan-Euphony since 2011 and signed a contract with Continental team To Win-Josan for the next season, won the eights stage in the Tour of Taihu Lake in October and November.
Jonathan Breyne's contract with the UCI Continental To Win-Josan Cycling Team for the 2014 season is now in doubt. To Win-Josan's team manager Willy Teirlinck said Breyen was going to ride for us from January 1, but if it is true that Breyne has tested positive for the use of clenbuterol is obviously not the case. He added that chances are that we should look for a replacement, but now we will not make hasty decisions because he can apply.
Breyne, one hour before his suicide attempt, said he received the news of positive doping test by email and remarked that he had nothing to deserve this but he is clueless on how to prove that this happened in China, a country notorious for the use of Clenbuterol in livestock. In the past, Spain's Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France victory after traces of Clenbuterol were found in his body that the rider blamed on contaminated meat.
According to a statement by the UCI, the decision to provisionally suspend Breyne was made in response to a report from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Beijing indicating an adverse analytical finding of Clenbuterol in a urine sample collected from him in a test during the Tour of Taihu Lake on 5 November 2013.
The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, recently imposed a provisional suspension on Breyne and Australian veteran cyclist Michael Rogers who said he didn't intentionally used Clenbuterol and blamed contaminated meat during the Tour of Beijing. The Saxo-Tinkoff rider had returned an adverse analytical finding for Clenbuterol following his victory at the Japan Cup on October 20. In a statement, he would like to make it very clear, in the strongest terms possible that he had never knowingly or deliberately ingested Clenbuterol and added that he can advise that during the period 8th-17th October, before arriving in Japan, he was present in China for the WorldTour race, Tour of Beijing. He added that he understands that it has been acknowledged by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as well as other anti-doping bodies, that food contaminated with Clenbuterol is a serious problem in China. Rogers added he will have the opportunity in the following weeks to explain this unfortunate situation to the UCI, in which he will give his full attention and cooperation to resolve this issue in the quickest time frame possible.
In November 2011, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued a warning about concerns of contaminated meat and re-emphasized the need for athletes to exercise extreme caution with regards to eating meat when traveling to competitions in China and Mexico.