Stefano Lanzi Tests Positive for Clenbuterol

Nov 24, 2021
by James Smurthwaite  

Stefano Lanzi, who was recently crowned Masters World Champion in the Marathon discipline, has been provisionally suspended following a positive test for Clenbuterol.

The Championships took place in Il Ciocco, Italy and Lanzi finished fourth in the race but first in the M4 category that includes racers from 45-49 years old. Lanzi's sample was taken following the race on 25 September and his provisional suspension was recently confirmed by the UCI.

Lanzi tested positive for an S1 anabolic agent called clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is a beta 2 agonist that is traditionally used as a treatment for asthma, however it has also been used as a performance-enhancing substance or as an off-label weight loss drug by bodybuilders and celebrities. Most famously, Alberto Contador was banned for two years and stripped of the 2010 title of the Tour de France and the 2011 title of the Giro d'Italia after testing positive for the drug at the 2010 Tour de France.

The Italian rider blames his positive test on treatment for a prior injury. He told italy24news, "Last year I was the victim of a bad injury in which I broke some vertebrae and spent a few days in traction on a hospital bed, since then I have been prescribed medicines, some based on cortisone, my mistake was never having communicated it to the anti-doping authorities"

The rider claims he presented the anti-doping testers with his medical records at the doping control but they could not take that into account at the time of testing and told him he should have registered it earlier. He said, "I will have to present in Lausanne for counter-analysis in the company of my lawyer. Whoever knows me knows how much effort and how many hard workouts I have done in many years of activity on the saddle of a mountain bike, upon learning the news it is as if everything had collapsed on me, I am very disappointed”.

Lanzi now faces a suspension of up to four years and will likely be stripped of his recently earned title. As Clenbuterol is a non-specified substance, extraneous circumstances will not be taken into account when deciding his sanction. We have reached out to Stefano for more information and will update this post if he has any further statements.


144 Comments

  • 169 7
 It's amazing how many cyclists have problem with asthma and need drugs. I was always under the impression that having respiratory system illnesses was a major hurdle for professional athletes, but luckily pharmaceutical companies managed to help so many people suffering from asthma to become professional successful athletes! Amazingly, there are far more successful athletes with asthma than there are on average in rest of the population. What an extraordinary and beautiful coincidence!
  • 30 79
flag mtbcrosscountry-com (Nov 24, 2021 at 12:07) (Below Threshold)
 there is a thing called exercise induced asthma...look it up
  • 13 1
 Same for cross country skiers and some other sports Big Grin
  • 36 6
 You never really know you have exercised induced asthma until you find yourself fully utilizing and requiring your lung capacity.

Only in race situations/sustained race pace does mine bother me. After 1.5 hrs I’m drowning and struggling to breathe even when seated
  • 81 32
 @mtbcrosscountry-com: There's a thing in cycling called being a cheating c@nt. Look it up.
  • 21 0
 @Mikevdv: Same here, but thats just because I'm out of shape.
  • 6 2
 @Mikevdv: not wanting to justify those who cheat, but I have a feeling I suffer from something along those lines. I mainly get it when running at very hard place, rather than cycling. Though on a sustained full throttle climb out can appear. It feels like my throat is constricting and I get wheezy and cough and can't pull in as much oxygen as I feel my lungs would take. Whether that's asthma or just passing myself over the edge, I don't know
  • 15 4
 @mountainsofsussex: that's called fitness
  • 3 1
 Froome and Bradley wiggins seem to be able to win tours with asthma which is amazing considering most people who have it struggle to climb a hill far less a bloody tour! Makes you wonder!
  • 10 2
 @mountainsofsussex: When I max out I get tired. Prolly just need some amphetamines?

Sorry, I had to Smile ...I don't want to minimize any real issues you may have!
  • 3 1
 @davec113: I've never denied that your thing exists, I am responding to what @msusic is wondering about. And exercise induced asthma is a thing.
  • 7 1
 Except, it doesn't say that it was prescribed to him to treat asthma...
  • 3 3
 @nickfranko: again, I am replying to the original comment not to the article
  • 3 6
 @mountainsofsussex: maybe check out a book called 'breath' by James Nestor. and also 'the oxygen advantage' by Patrick McKeown. both books make a compelling case that any breathing ailment (asthma, seasonal allergies, etc...) is the result from overall day to day dysfunctional breathing habits, and that would be speaking very generally, overbreathing or chronic hyperventilation, which sets one up for a negative feedback loop ending in asthma.
  • 6 0
 @mountainsofsussex: sounds like you're just pushing over your limit, I read articles on how incorrect breathing in sports can hinder performance, one I thing I now do before a steep physical climb is deliberately start to hyperventilate 10-20 seconds before hand, lots of big deep breaths, keep that up throughout the climb, you'll be drawing in more oxygen than you need to start with, but I suddenly found climbing a hell of a lot easier.
Muscles need oxygen to work, you get out of breath and fatigued because you can't supply enough oxygen to them and its hard to catch up once its too late, trick is to pre-compensate before you get to that stage and keep up delivery. Your body naturally just works on reactive basis, only requesting more air (gasping) once its in trouble.
  • 2 0
 @ctd07: interesting. that's exactly what not to do according to what I've read. but I've never had a breathing problem so won't say more on the subject...
  • 1 0
 @davec113: once a cheater... well what the shit
  • 3 0
 @davec113: what the meth
  • 3 0
 @Mikevdv: Yeah, exercise induced asthma is a strange thing. Getting it diagnosed for me took a while because regular asthma tests showed I was fine. After some research my GP tested my lung capacity, sent me for a run around block to produce symptoms and retested lung capacity. Better living through drugs as daily medication now effectively controls this.
  • 2 0
 @ctd07: it’s called pre-adaptive breathing
  • 1 0
 @danbear: hyperventilation is needed for the Wim Hof method and because it's actually scientific proofen that it will work let me think this is BS.
Those dudes can go outside with almost no clothes and stay warm even if it's below 0. Breathing problems? Zero..
  • 1 0
 @ctd07: not a bad shout - don't know how long that dose of oxygen lasts, but could help for a tough climb out enduro stage. Anyone ever heard of any pros doing this in the start gate for DH or enduro?
  • 1 0
 @danbear: thanks for the tip, I'll have a look.
  • 1 0
 its the stress over time, very common once past 30
  • 1 0
 @mountainsofsussex: Brendan Faircloigh spoke about breathing in one of his YouTube videos, a lot of people suffer with arm pump riding dh as they tense up and hold their breath, one of the keys is to remember to control your breathing and keep oxygen to the muscles to help stop lactic acid build up, he was moreso referring to mid-run intake though.
  • 1 0
 @KevinH69: thanks, that would have been easier to write lol
  • 3 0
 Yeah, it really is quite peculiar. I've stuggled with my breathing for most of my life; when I go for a normal ride where I push my body a little bit, I cough up all kinds of nasty stuff for a day or two (mid thirties, no smoking, but about 105kg). The doctor prescribed me Salbutamol for when I excercise, and it makes a world of difference (I don't race, so no issues there) - not just in coughing the day after, but also in performance on that very day. However, I struggle to see how anyone with a similar condition, requiring that kind of medication, could ever be a competitive athlete. Me - I'm happy that these drugs allow me to go out riding normally without feeling like a monkey's backside the rest of the week. And I don't even qualify as an asthmatic.
  • 1 0
 @Kainerm: sounds like I need to do a brutal turbo session (looking at you, GCN), then steal somebody's asthma inhaler and repeat...
  • 6 2
 hard laughing at all of this comment thread full of bullshit. shut up about something if you don't know about it. hold on let me read a book that says I have daytime breathing dysfunction? jesus christ. you think an asthma inhaler is giving a performance boost? A rescue inhaler is literally just a shot of epinephrine. A beta-agonist such as the one in the article works the same way as epinephrine, except the anti-inflammatory action is taking place inside the heart and lung tissue via beta adrenoceptors. That's why it's called a beta agonist. but anyway, keep spewing bullshit about everything instead of just looking something up. It's easy to be so ignorant when these things don't effect you. I'm sure people with broncho-dilation issues are getting a huge advantage by being able to breathe almost as good as normal people. christ
  • 1 1
 @mtbcrosscountry-com: that's not how that works...
  • 2 0
 That's why I can't be a professional cyclist. I don't have asthma. I hope to get her in my future life.
  • 1 0
 @danbear: I can make stuff up in a book, too. That doesn't make it any truer.
  • 1 0
 @danbear: thanks! Don't know why you have been down voted. I raced pro downhill for 14 years with asthma and I would love to trade my lungs for the lungs of the down voters. I trained hard and smart and had friends who could come off the coach after weeks of not training and smoke me in sprint or on a climb. It's frustrating.
  • 83 1
 Tren hard, eat clen, test your limits
  • 2 0
 well played.
  • 6 0
 A man of culture I see
  • 1 0
 championship routine!
  • 8 0
 You forgot Anavar give up!
  • 43 0
 It never feels genuine when someone doesn’t disclose shit ahead of time lol.

I’m no pro athlete, but if I was put on a bunch of shit post injury i would 100% be asking around about disclosing and ensuring I don’t get a surprise.
  • 27 13
 The only time this feels reasonable is when they legit did not know or were in an emergency. Martin Maes for example.
  • 44 0
 I dope to get through every day life. Donuts, coffee, bourbon, a true mix of uppers and downers for dopamine enhancement. People at the cat 5 registration always wonder why I disclose it.
  • 21 9
 @pisgahgnar: just my opinion but I don’t believe Maes story either
  • 4 3
 @pisgahgnar: maes hahaha u funny
  • 2 0
 Totally right. He took medecine for a year, and he is a victim because he "forgot" to mention it? Pfffff....
  • 5 0
 Also, he just happened to have his medical records with him at doping control, he knew he was going to be caught. That and the lawyer thing, just ban him.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: once a cheater...
  • 3 0
 @usedbikestuff: It's crazy how world-beating elite athletes like us share the exact same diet. Coffee, donuts and bourbon-the eating habits of champions no doubt!
  • 36 11
 Can we just have an "Open" category at races? If they wanna dope and dont care how it affects themselves long run, then let them go all out see just what the limits of the human body really are. Just imagine a bike race where every contestant can take what ever steroid/GHB/EPO they want.
  • 5 0
 That would be sweet. I'm all for this idea.
  • 49 2
 it already exists. everyone on the podium of tour de france dopes, they are just good at timing ther PED with testing. The general public is just niave to how widespread doping truly is.
  • 3 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: you beat me to it!
  • 9 2
 It’s called the Tour de France
  • 8 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: Road cycling is one of the most tested sports in existence. The fact that people like Froome get caught means at least someone does their job sometimes. If you want to see the human limits of roiding have a look at NFL or any powerlifting league.
  • 2 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: Your comments is true but it is at least possible to ride the tour de France clean. The real competition that your thinking off is the UFC and other combat sports where literally 100% of them are on steroids or other substances.
  • 1 0
 I was just about to say something similar. Its still your body and your maximum potential. We are not talking about some mechanical advantage or electronic assist here. You could extend these restrictions pretty far... to any type of supplement, to any type of recovery therapeutic, to maximum training limitations, to size and strength limitations.
  • 3 1
 We have had this in multiple sports over the years. Turns out it ends up in people dying young, and athletes (often under 18's) being put on state run drug protocols.
  • 2 0
 I prefer “open mod category”
  • 1 0
 @Konyp: baseball anyone?
  • 6 0
 A common but naive suggestion.
Do you really think young athletes are the best-placed to make decisions about their own long-term wellbeing?
And do you think national bodies would put those athletes' wellbeing above medal glory?
  • 2 1
 @schulte1400 this is always suggested when a doping article comes out, if there was an open category, the article would be about how many athletes died at the finish line, some with exploded hearts, others with leaking lungs, some with extradiluted blood or thick and muddy blood and lastly some with cooked muscles and brittle bones.

an open category is just stupid imo.
  • 1 0
 @weebleswobbles: I honestly think baseball is relatively clean these days. Back in the late 90s and early 2000s it was definitely a problem but there is a big difference between the players now and all those juiced up meatheads who looked like body builders.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: I tend to agree with you, that MLB has cleaned up up bit since Canseco, maguire, bonds, sosa and a hist of others, but also remember a Sf Giants pitcher was suspended this past season for doping violation. Gregory Santos, was his first year w them I believe
  • 2 0
 @weebleswobbles: sure there are a lot of players that have been caught. But to me that also is a sign that the testing system is working on some level. I think it would be naive to think the game is 100% clean, but I don’t think PED use is rampant like it is in some other sports or the way it was in baseball 2.0 years ago.
  • 1 0
 @skiandmtbdirtbag: why would anyone use PEDs when there is no test for autologous transfusions?
  • 1 0
 @Narro2: a cate"gore"y we can all enjoy
  • 1 0
 Should be the case for all sports. People don't realize how many athletes are using PED's. They just time it right so it does not come up during testing. As it is now you have a good amount of guys that are using PED's playing along with those that don't which leads to an unfair advantage of course. Just create an open category and let people don't what they want. And if the guys that don't use want to complete in that category too then they can confirm they are just naturally that good at what they do.
  • 26 0
 clenbuterol, thanks for the info, I'll have to try
  • 3 0
 It’s trash and will f*ck up your heart. Don’t bother
  • 5 1
 Тогда лучше с кетотифеном Wink
  • 16 2
 Like all those that get busted, they all claim its a mistake, medical reason, they forgot to tell the authorities, they didnt know.......bla, bla, bla. If you are a professional then its your job to get it right. They should be banned for life.
  • 2 0
 Thankyou banned for life once a cheater...
  • 1 0
 People are naive to the amount of athletes that use PED's in all sports. Most just time it right so they don't show up positive during testing time.
  • 19 2
 If you ain’t cheating you ain’t trying hard enough
  • 7 0
 Say that out loud to your significant other and let us know how it gors
  • 2 1
 @usedbikestuff:

In the context of winning it’s totally fine.
  • 14 0
 wait you got prescribe a beta 2 antagonist for pain LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bro stahp lyoing
  • 3 0
 I meant agonist typo my bad
  • 8 0
 More likely story: He forgot they were testing the top 5 at that event....Missed his coach yelling at him to let 2 guys pass him who weren't in his category.

Reaction is "I will need to fight this to clear my name" over, "I made a mistake, sorry to the sport and my fellow competitors" and humbly returns the trophy and medal to the 2nd place competitor.
  • 7 0
 I'm sorry if you race at this level, even at master level, it requires a UCI license. As soon as you get licensed you are subject to tests at any sanctioned races (at technically at any time). If you have legitimate need for this, there is the Therapeutic Use Exemption. He should have known this.
  • 6 0
 It sure looks to me that the only reason you would take this drug is to help you cheat by improving your breathing and lowering your body fat. There is no reason you would use it to recover from a back injury or other trauma. According to WebMD:

Clenbuterol is a fat-burning drug that raises your metabolic rate. Even though it is not approved for use in the U.S., some athletes and bodybuilders use clenbuterol to help them reach their fitness goals.

What Is Clenbuterol?
Clenbuterol is a drug that is not approved for human use in the U.S. In some countries, it is available by prescription only for people with asthma or other breathing problems. Since 1998, the FDA has allowed clenbuterol for treating horses with asthma. It is not allowed for animals that are used in food production.‌

Clenbuterol is a substance that has steroid-like effects and is classified as a beta2-adrenergic antagonist. This means that it stimulates the beta2-adrenergic receptors in your throat. The medicine helps relax your muscles and lungs, making it easier to breathe if you have asthma or another respiratory condition. It can stay in your body for up to 39 hours after you take it.
  • 9 2
 When you are in the older age group in a sport but still have the mind of a 16 years old teenager, Fuck Dopers!
  • 7 3
 I love the people so naive that they still think any PRO athlete is clean....in any sport. Most of you never competed past high school or non tryout teams. Steroids of all flavor is rampant in anything that makes you money.
  • 3 0
 Most people also never played high school sports, where PEDs are also pretty common
  • 2 1
 @Mntneer: arguably higher in some sports/areas - HS and college athletes get virtually no testing and are all hungry for fame/scholarships etc
  • 3 0
 yeah it turns into a competition on how not to get caught
  • 2 0
 Exactly!! It is so insanely common but the average spectator is too naive to believe it. Most athletes are able to just time it right around testing so they don't piss dirty.
  • 6 1
 I enjoy articles like these because it gives me, a slow recreational cyclist, a chance to research some things that might help me ride more!
  • 1 0
 Yup...or get on the E. Very addicting tho
  • 3 0
 "Last year I was the victim of a bad injury in which I broke some vertebrae and spent a few days in traction on a hospital bed, since then I have been prescribed medicines, some based on cortisone, my mistake was never having communicated it to the anti-doping authorities" ..... hahahhah nice try !
  • 4 2
 Although illegal, I'm wondering why it's considered an "anabolic agent" by WADA. I don't believe beta-2 agonists have a significant role in anabolism through nitrogen retention. A stimulant, yes. An anabolic agent, I don't believe so.
  • 2 0
 Some PED guru said it was anabolic like back in the 80s and so WADA put it on the list as such. There’s never been any data to show that it behaves as such, just that it helps with breathing and, yes, acts as a general stimulant.

Still, I can’t see any reason it would be prescribed to someone for any kind of injury.
  • 1 0
 @melanthius: Sounds like a Dan Duchaine thing...
  • 2 0
 I realize this was for an injury but I say let there be divisions for this, do the studies and let athletes push themselves to super human levels, maybe its time to have super human category's in sports. Athletes go through tremendous lengths just to hide the fact they use PED's, Let them under physician guidance and make it a legitimately professional category. I hope I'm still alive to see a guy pedal up the start of Redbull Rampage on a fixed gear, then do a 200ft triple arctic no look, third eye bending, Russian moon flip to flat, that a mere mortals, feeble, unenhanced molecular structure would fold under the space time stress.
  • 3 0
 LOL why wouldn't you have submitted a TUE? Impossible to be at this level and not be aware of TUE process, especially if you are talking about going to Switzerland to the UCI with a lawyer to contest the result lol.
  • 4 0
 I dont know what's harder to believe. That he used this for recovering from an injury or that Pinkbike isn't going to be ravaged by Outside's paywall.
  • 1 0
 We'll see. Pb will probably be used for buy/sell...and other sites for more core video content.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: Waiting for them to start charging a fee to post your bike in the buy/sell section
  • 2 0
 Professional cycling should just make all drugs legal and in fact provide them to all the riders/teams... then of course the complaining will shift to the expensive teams being able to afford better drugs.
  • 4 0
 I guess Big Pharma could start sponsoring teams too.
  • 2 0
 Good idea. We already have eBikes competitions: can we please have a bigPharma category? 'Cause you know, "it's not the bike, it's the rider".
  • 2 0
 @lecoyote: an "modded open" Ebike category, take all drugs you want and go as fast as possible on this ebike!
  • 1 0
 @carbking: I was always amazed that the Tour of California was for years sponsored by Amgen, makers of Erythropoietin.
  • 1 0
 @noeitp: Do you reckon Chris Horner got a discount?
  • 5 0
 The ultimate level of pathetic is old men doping to beat other old men!
  • 11 3
 eBikes are worse.
  • 3 1
 @canuck-rider: pants pisser! yeah they are.
  • 4 1
 @canuck-rider: ebikes are the worst excuse
  • 1 0
 @canuck-rider: Pretty fun to me when I am doing 3 laps in the amount it takes you to do 1
  • 5 0
 Win or lose we are on the booze. #Masters
  • 7 6
 Clen is not used to build muscle, it burns fat rapidly and also increases your cardio in a roundabout way, which is why its used to treat asthma. I cant see why it would be used for any sort of recovery, I call BS
  • 1 0
 When used with other PED's it is typically used for cutting while retaining muscle mass
  • 3 0
 I just kinda didn’t think it was really important to disclose all the stuff I’m taking. Zzzzzzzzzz
  • 3 1
 Soon all drugs will be legal. Dope up people! That or get left in the dust! My mind is open you squatters! I see it all, and will be omnipotent soon!
  • 7 2
 Drugs are cool
  • 1 0
 Yup, just have an open class.
  • 3 0
 Wait until you get older! It just puts you to where you were in your 30's. First thing that goes is your recovery.
  • 4 0
 Eat Clen, Tren hard, Anavar give up. The recipe for success.
  • 1 0
 Indeed. I'd add, above all, to be sure to drink only pure, distilled water, and pure grain ethanol. Keep your vital essences pure!
  • 2 0
 clenbuterol il put that on my shopping list have to get me some of that cheers pink.
  • 6 3
 can we make a filter for this sort of garbage
  • 2 0
 Dudes be using asthma puffers to stop the roiding bitch tits.
  • 2 0
 Roid bitch tits and vanishing unit
  • 1 0
 @weebleswobbles: units unless u got one taken out..?
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: I was under the impression that PED's, steroids particularly, are very bad for you and usage would make your pecker (unit) smaller
  • 1 0
 @weebleswobbles: Danny Hart clearly doesn't use them then; although if he's able to sit down then we'll know...
  • 2 0
 @korev: no, you are correct sir.. The Redcar Rocket has no use for PED. All the others trying to keep up
  • 1 0
 @weebleswobbles: affects testes, not shaft.
  • 1 0
 @jrocksdh: well what the shit. Here I thought I knew. You ain't living and growing if you ain't learning.
  • 2 0
 That would have been a great name for a laxative!
  • 2 0
 Another drugs in sports shocker ..... Yawn All your heroes are juiced
  • 1 0
 Water and bread diet only if you're racing any sanctioned event. Get on or get out.
  • 1 0
 Not much of a performance enhancing drug unless dropping bodyfat is the goal.
  • 4 2
 Lol.
  • 5 3
 shit is getting old
  • 1 0
 Some guys just cant except the aging process FFS...Smile
  • 1 0
 must have been a tainted steak
  • 1 0
 How dare someone dry age the steak in clenbuterol.
  • 1 0
 Its used for asthma, weight loss
  • 1 2
 Very popular drug for the women of Hollywood especially after giving birth.
  • 1 0
 I want some!
  • 1 0
 Bless you
  • 1 0
 there all dopers!

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