US racer Katie Compton has been banned for four years following an adverse analytical finding for an anabolic agent.
Compton, 42, is best known as a cyclocross racer and is a 15x US Cyclocross Champion, a 4x silver medallist at the CX World Championships and a 2x CX World Cup overall winner but she also races mountain bikes including taking two wins at the Scott Enduro Cup in Utah
and a second place at a Big Mountain Enduro round in Vail, Colorado
A statement released by USADA
, the US Anti Doping Agency, confirms that Katie has accepted her suspension following an out-of-competition drug test on September 16, 2020. Her urine sample was analyzed using a specialized test, known as Carbon Isotope Ratio testing, that differentiates between anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) naturally produced by the body and prohibited anabolic agents of external origin. Anabolic agents are prohibited in and out of competition and have powerful performance-enhancing capabilities and can give an athlete an unfair advantage over fellow competitors.
In a statement, Compton denied having taken banned substances and said that the test had effectively ended her career. She said:
Compton's suspension has been backdated to September 16 2020 and any results she has had since then have been stripped. For more info, head to Cycling Tips.