Betsema faces full suspension after B-sample positive

Dutch cyclo-cross racer Denise Betsema (Marlux-Bingoal), who was provisionally suspended after returning a positive test for an anabolic steroid, is now facing a full suspension after Sporza reported in May that a reliable source told its editors that the B-sample also tested positive.

Bestema is currently listed on the UCI’s table of provisionally suspended athletes, but has not been added to the table of Anti-Doping Rule Violations (ADVR) sanctions.

The UCI announced in April that it had provisionally suspended Betsema after an anti-doping control, planned and carried out by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF), resulted in an AAF for “Endogenous Anabolic Androgenic Steroid(s) administered exogenously”.


The positive doping control sample was taken at the Hoogerheide World Cup on January 27, 2019, where Betsema placed seventh.

Betsema had a breakthrough season, winning five smaller races before taking her first World Cup victory in Koksijde last November. The results earned her a full-time contract with Marlux-Bingoal.

She finished fourth in the World Championships in February, and ended her season with four straight victories, including the Superprestige finale in Middelkerke, finishing third overall in the series behind world champion Sanne Cant and compatriot Annemarie Worst.

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