What Martin Maes' UCI Suspension Means for the Overall EWS Standings

Jun 28, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Martin Maes was digging for the fuel after digging deep on stage two.

Martin Maes has arrived in Canazei but he unfortunately won't be racing after the UCI handed down a 90 day suspension following two failed drugs tests in Rotorua and Tasmania. The extenuating circumstances mean that this is the most lenient punishment they can hand out but it still spoils Maes' perfect start to the season.

How are the EWS Results Affected?

As Martin has been stripped of his results in Rotorua and Tasmania, we now have two new winners in the EWS. While we’re sure neither of them will have wanted to win this way, the history books will have them down as fastest on the day. The updated results and overall standings are below.

Rotorua Results:

Keegan Wright has just come off an exciting week at Crankworx and today was no different.

1st. Keegan WRIGHT (NZL) 27:34.83
2nd. Florian NICOLAI (FRA) +0:17.38
3rd. Jesse MELAMED (CAN) +0:27.62
4th. Cole LUCAS (NZL) +0:29.15
5th. Kevin MIQUEL (FRA) +0:34.51

Tasmania Results:

Pinned and into second for Florian Nicolai

1st. Florian NICOLAI (FRA) 24:04.730
2nd. Connor FEARON (AUS) +5.86
3rd. Remi GAUVIN (CAN) +8.01
4th. Kevin MIQUEL (FRA) +8.48
5th. Keegan WRIGHT (NZL) +13.31

Overall Standings

Martin had the largest lead ever after the first three rounds of an EWS series thanks to three round wins and a bonus 120 points thanks to a clean sweep of Queen stage wins too. He hands over his Queen stage titles to Keegan Wright in Rotorua and Connor Fearon in Tasmania but this doesn’t massively affect the overall with most riders just getting bumped up one place.

1st. Florian NICOLAI (FRA) - 1320
2nd. Jesse MELAMED (CAN) - 1210
3rd. Remi GAUVIN (CAN) - 1120
4th. Kevin MIQUEL (FRA) - 1100
5th. Sam HILL (AUS) - 1070


4 Quick Facts About Martin Maes' UCI Suspension

1. What is Probenecid?
Probenecid is a drug that is primarily used for treating gout, however it also used by doctors as it prevents the kidneys from processing antibiotics and increases their levels in the blood. It is this latter role that puts it on the WADA prohibited substances list as it can also have the same retentive effect on steroids.

Theoretically, if an athlete knows a test is coming up they can take a large dose of probenecid that will prevent any steroids in their body entering their urine. They will still fail the urine test for having probenecid in their system but it could potentially mask a ‘more serious’ infringement.

Much like Higenamine and Oxilofrine, Probenecid is a specified substance, a subcategory of prohibited substances that are not necessarily less potent but they do leave open the possibility of a reduced sentence through a plausible explanation such as Martin's.

Unlike other performance enhancing drugs, Specified Substances also do not warrant the instant “mandatory, provisional suspension” that is usually imposed when an athlete tests positive for a banned substance. This explains why Martin was allowed to compete at Madeira and Tasmania, despite a positive test.

WADA’s strict liability rule means that unintentional or negligent consumption does not absolve an athlete of responsibility.

Martin Maes calm and collected before the start

2. Who Else Has Tested Positive for Probenecid?
While Martin is currently the only cyclist banned for Probenecid use, it is more prevalent in other sports. Just four days ago, Indian long distance runner, Sanjeevani Jadhav, was also popped for having it her blood. Previously, Olympic gold medal winning 100m relay sprinter Gil Roberts returned a positive test for the drug but he was cleared as it was ruled that the drug passed into his system after he kissed his girlfriend who had a sinus infection.

3. How Could Martin Have Fought the Ruling?
A TUE, or Therapeutic Use Exemption, allows an athlete to take a prohibited substance if they have an illness or condition that requires them to take it. Martin applied for a Therapeutic Use Exemption for Probenecid but was denied on June 1, the UCI apparently denied it because an alternative to probenecid is available but wasn't used at the time.

Martin also had the option to fight the ruling in a Sports Tribunal but from what we understand, he and his team decided it was better to see out the remaining six weeks of the suspension and accept the consequences. A Tribunal could have taken much longer than six weeks and even then there is no guarantee it would change the outcome.

4. What Next for Martin?

Foot u and full gas to the line in the pouring rain for Martin Maes.

Martin has made the trip to Canazei this weekend because he feels like he has nothing to hide. He will be answering questions from media, racers and fans. The EWS is also hosting a drugs workshop on Thursday night to help educate riders about the WADA list and accidental ingestion.

Martin will be suspended until the weekend of the Whistler EWS but he will return for Northstar. He says his biggest focus is now the downhill World Championships in Mont Sainte Anne.

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  • 107 10
 The bigger question is what does this mean for the Pinkbike Fantasy Enduro Standings?
  • 49 6
 Tough luck Martin. UCI people are stiffer than aron gwins suspension when in comes to suspensions????
  • 2 1
 @badbietz: that's what I want to know.
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 @badbietz: less importantly the overall standings too Smile
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 Exactly @badbietz:
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flag Jaybirdy (Jun 28, 2019 at 17:40) (Below Threshold)
 I Say let the Racers Decide these Crazy Suspensions!!! Who knows better then the Racers themselves who is cheating or not.. I think they are all the smartest and most compassionate Rules Officials
  • 2 3
 @badbietz: Seriously!!! PINKBIKE STAFF PLEASE STEP UP!!!
  • 4 11
flag surfhard987 (Jun 28, 2019 at 22:58) (Below Threshold)
 If he was French he’d have been fine
  • 3 5
 @surfhard987: ???????????????? if he was French he would of be banned...
if he was American he would of take only 8 months with a really bad story ...
Open your eyes, thank you
  • 1 0
 @Jaybirdy: Just imagine doing that in athletics, or, let’s say in road cycling back in the 90s - what would that have meant for the sport?
  • 3 1
 @badbietz: hopefully nothing. It wouldn't be fair on everyone who picked him. It also wasn't performance enhancing at all, and the Drs letter supports no foul play. Keep them as they are imo
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 @Funboy69: Why wouldn’t it be fair? The competition is a bet on the results, and on the results sheets riders like Melamed and Nicolai will be ahead of Maes - what about the people who picked those riders, who might win the championship without breaching the rules, like Maes did? Is it more fair if someone picks the EWS overall winner, but loses in the Fantasy competition because a banned rider’s results are still counting there?
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 @geo89: Sorry to be that guy but it's "would have", not "would of" Smile
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 @Will-narayan: thank you Smile unfortunately my english is not perfect Smile
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 @geo89: But still better than 80% of the native-English-speaking commenters here. Smile

@Will-narayan And, technically, it would be "if he were", not "if he was". While you're being that guy.
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 @MtbSince84: Oh indeed, I remember this one from my english lessons years ago but so rarely see it that I even wonder if it's right or not. After a quick search, this rule applies only to "unreal condtionnal", I'll try to remember it^^.

@geo89: Oh ok, me neither, I just like to point this mistake out cuz' it makes no sense to turn a verb into a preposition (it's just that would of sounds similar to would have), but so many people do it that it leads non-english users to think it is ok.

Back on topic now Smile
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 @geo89: and by "not perfect" you mean "not good at all"
  • 118 2
 One man has a doctor testifying that he took the drug at his prescription in a limb threatening scenario. Another man said it entered his system through swapping some saliva while kissing his girlfriend. One of these men was cleared of wrong doing....
  • 17 5
 These excuses are getting more far fetched:
“I took a sip from someone else’s water bottle.”
“There was no phone reception.”
“I kissed a girl.”
  • 6 1
 @lewiscraik: I think the one about the girl makes it an odd precedent. Next time someone has a sinus infection, you'll see loads of pumped up athletes queuing up to kiss her or him. Is there actually a check box in Tinder where you can say that you have a sinus infection, just to make sure you hook up with a top athlete? If all this doesn't work for a road cycling athlete, the last resort would be to just win the race and hope that the kissing lady has a sinus infection.
  • 9 0
 @lewiscraik: it reminds me of that little Britain sketch with the politician "I slipped, and a part of him fell into me"
  • 1 0
 @lewiscraik: at least no one has used the BIFE excuse................
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 @lewiscraik: you're a pom, what do you know of cell phone reception in NZ. It's practically non-existent
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 @KiwiEnduro128: even while filing a prescription?
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 as it was ruled that the drug passed into his system after he kissed his girlfriend who had a sinus infection....

No way. He kissed his snotty girlfriend so hard it was like taking banned meds. Yuk. Was that a kiss or a suck?
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 Blind application of rules and regulations despite clear evidence of proper use for medical purposes is unhelpful to the governing body's reputation. It does nothing to protect the sport since there was no evidence that the use of probenecid was tied to another violation such as the use of a performance enhancing drug. I am unconvinced that if UCI had allowed Martin to keep his victories and continue to compete that it would have been unfair to other EWS competitors, that it would have weakened enforcement of the rules and regulations relating to prohibited substances or that it would have diminished the sport in any way. I am not saying that simply because a banned substance has legitimate medical uses the user gets off Scott free. I am sure that there are plenty of 'doctors' who would go to bat for an unscrupulous athlete. Under the facts of this case, however, there is nothing gained by stripping Martin of his wins or suspending him for any amount of time. The guy could have lost his leg or died had his doctor not acted quickly using his best medical judgment. Bad form for UCI.
  • 3 4
 Bad form for UCI alright! EWS started off outside UCI control and touted the benefits of coming under the UCI umbrella - yeah, we can all see that now for sure!
  • 16 2
 "Blind application of rules and regulations despite clear evidence of proper use for medical purposes is unhelpful to the governing body's reputation."
Everyone caught doping has some kind of elaborate special case/excuse. Antidoping would go nowhere if they were always entertained to an extreme degree, they don't have the resources to do a DNA investigation if someone's saliva is on someone elses water bottle.

"there was no evidence that the use of probenecid was tied to another violation such as the use of a performance enhancing drug"
There wouldn't be, because it's a masking agent. That's the whole point of a masking agent.
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 @ForzaMac: at some point, they have rules and they apply them blindly hence reducing the risk for loopholes that could be use by real cheater.
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 @Armand74: so they beat up everybody because someone in the bunch might be guilty of something but don't know for sure. Ffs
  • 52 2
 Are we sure Rude did not kiss Maes
  • 8 1
 No he swapped spit with Graves.
  • 33 1
 Previously, Olympic gold medal winning 100m relay sprinter Gil Roberts returned a positive test for the drug but he was cleared as it was ruled that the drug passed into his system after he kissed his girlfriend who had a sinus infection. LMAO
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 Does Maes not have a girlfriend?
  • 39 1
 "it was an accident, I swear! I uh, *draws paper out of a hat* kissed my *rolls dice* girlfriend who had *spins wheel* a sinus infection"
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 I know, right?! Almost as stupid as claiming they drank water from a stranger's water bottle. Such BS!
  • 2 0
 Terrible management, blame them. Any NFL star would fire everyone.
  • 18 5
 @matt-15: "it was an accident, I swear! I uh, *draws paper out of a hat* cut my *rolls dice* leg on pedal *spins wheel* doctor prescribe clearly banned substance whilst I was out of phone service. Then I carried on taking the banned substance much longer than the prescription (according to the doctors account) and I didn't think to check the minute I got back into phone service." Fixed that for you.
  • 36 5
 i feel like it will be a hollow victory for whoever else wins the series now.
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 No, the rider and team that is better prepared, working better as a team, prepared for all instances and outcomes as well as being a very fast and consistent rider is the one who should win. Martin and his team made and stupid mistake (non checking the list and getting a pre-test TUE) and it cost him. He and the team will know better going forward.
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 @islandforlife: What drug should he have taken instead? Are there non proscribed substances that are effective? When you have a life threatening infection and you are taking EIGHT GRAMS of antibiotic, how do you weigh the probabilities of losing a limb, kidney damage, and a UCI violation?

I'd take the violation every time personally.

There's been no informed medical discussion of the alternatives. Without that information, accusing GT of being under prepared is premature.

We need to face the fact that Maes may have had no medically viable choice. Would love it if PB could interview a doctor on this.
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 @islandforlife: Nope. In the same situation this could've happened to any rider in the series. Or any MTB series come to that. A rider faced with legit situation that could affect his/her life forever, being told by an event doctor (that wasn't his own!) to take something, will take it.
Where there is clearly a medical requirement and no advantage gained, the UCI and WADA should have a procedure to clear an athlete. And what's with letting someone continue after a positive test? Efforts for two rounds go to sh!t? Ridiculous. The whole thing stinks for Martin Maes and his closest competitors.

Plus the guy now has a "doping" mark against him, when all he's done is be an amazing rider doing great things for MTB.
The UCI and WADA suck d!ck with things like this. They have no credibility because they let genuine cheats off the hook, while genuine athletes get punished.
  • 12 2
 @Mtmw: doesn’t matter if there is another drug or not (there is). It’s the fact neither he nor his team checked the drug on the list once they got to within cell range. If they had, they would have seen it was banned and still had days to get a TUE before he was tested. That was their mistake, and fully under their control. Maes also said in the NSMB interview that if he knew at the time he would have taken the other option and gone to a hospital to be administered the other drug intravenously.
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 @JiminOz: they do have a procedure and it’s been explained many times. After he received the drug, if once he had gotten to cell range, he or his team could have checked the drug against the list, found it banned and then had days before his test to get a TUE done. They didn’t, and admitted that was their mistake.
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 @JiminOz: all he did was get caught with a banned substances in his blood. Ridiculous.
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 @islandforlife: thanks to @tanadof for the doc interview. "Overkill broad spectrum" IS an alternative, but there are huge side affects. Broad spectrum kills gut flora and can hamper metabolism for months- sometimes lifetime changes to gut biota. That's a needless medical risk for a top level athlete and should not be considered an "alternative" - it's a medical risk encouraged by anti-doping.

To your point about contacting UCI before an adverse finding, you're totally right. They should have done it. I've never run logistics for a pro bike team so I can't judge them.

It all seems silly to me though. We have no test for autologous blood transfusions, which means endurance sport cheating is ubiquitous and undetectable, and we're tossing people out for not reporting antibiotics. "ok"
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 @Mtmw: Maes, nor his team, nor the doctor had the WADA list on them apparently, in spite of athletes carrying it in their wallets many decades ago before smartphones could store a document. If Maes is completely innocent of intentional wrongdoing, then at the very least he deserves the minimum punishment (which he got) for utter stupidity.
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 Who is not doping , seems fair to me
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 Maybe Maes and his team made a mistake, but this does not change anything here. The guy which deserved the victory will not get it. Period. Which means that following this season is kind of pointless. And the official winner indeed will not be a winer probably for most supporters...
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 @islandforlife: Agreed, it's a banned substance and could be used to hide some dodgy practices. Except in this case it was genuinely used to help an athlete that was in serious trouble with a serious injury.

Regardless of what happened after, the bodies that are there to prevent foul play should be able to recognise genuine medical requirement for something and make an exemption.

There are genuine cheating turds out there who get away with it via various loopholes - kissing a girlfriend is just one of them. But genuine athletes get pinged for genuine situations. So it is a sh!t system.
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 @JiminOz: UCI does accept medical treatment waivers, but Maes did not immediately notify them of it. It sounds like he raced another stop before he notified them. I'm not sure if he already had already been notofied of a positive result before applying for the waiver.
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 @tanadog: That was an interesting read. My wife is an emerg doc in Vancouver. I mentioned the story to her yesterday morning with out saying what the substance was. I just said "something to stop excretion..." and she said "oh probenecid". I feel bad for everybody involved.

My wife volunteers as a doc for adventure races and has been asked for other events that would involve WADA rules. The races are always in areas with poor to no cell coverage. I don't hear from her for a week. There is no way she would be able to know that list. The team of one of the best mountain bikers on the planet doesn't know the list.

These events rely on doctors to volunteer their time. I feel it should be incumbent upon the sporting bodies to make sure the doctors treat the athletes with in the rules. The event and UCI rules set the athletes up for potential failure. Martin has worked his ass off and now has to suffer public, world wide (in the mountain biking community) humiliation. Its disgusting. For me the body that needs sanctioning is not Martin but the UCI.

I wonder how many other athletes at that or other events have been treated the same way? Only the winners get mandatory drug testing at each event.
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 We all just glossing over the fact this drug being in his system at the levels it was doesn't match the medication timetable?
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 It seems people are willfully ignoring this fact along with highly questionable clinical rationale for the drug combination and the fact that he could allegedly barely walk then 10 days later annihilated the best athletes in the world...

It is really disheartening to see this kind of willful ignorance and denial cloud objective rationality. As a public health and medical scientist I see this kind of denial all the time (ie vaccine deniers etc) and it is so challenging because many people make decisions based more on emotion than evidence.
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 @ppp9911: The timeline here is the most damning part of the story. It should have been well out of his system by the time he was tested. As an orthopedist I deal with limb threatening infections and trauma on a regular basis and have never seen probenecid prescribed in that context although practices obviously vary by country. Secondly he described his whole leg being numb and not being able to hold it in a dependent position which sounds more like a surgical problem and not something that would be effectively treated with a pat on the head and oral antibiotics...So a lot of parts of this story don't really make sense to me. Regardless he should have been well out of the time window for a positive test and someone should have downloaded a banned substances list and made it available to his physician. Not having cell reception is no excuse in this situation.
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 And........how does it affect my Fantasy Team ????
  • 4 1
 I asked that same question in the previous article. We all want to know. And do the previous winners need to give up their prizes?
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 @dan23dan23: hey if you want the used chamois that i won back you can have it. however, its a bit tainted...
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 @dan23dan23: I came second in the NZ round. I still haven’t received my price from Shimano, so I can’t give it back. But it would probably bump me into first place.
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: haha! Wouldn't be the first time I wore a used chamois...
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 @dan23dan23: focusing on the important aspects of this story, I see. /eyeroll\
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 I hope not I had Martin in my team....
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 The kissing girlfriend story gets even better when you read more. With her Hindi speaking father procuring the meds, now out of production, while they were on holiday in rural India. The lady had an aversion to swallowing pills, so broke open the capsule and poured the contents in her mouth. And then tongued her boyfriend.
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 Surreal sh1t.
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 Am I the only person who thinks the UCI have handled this as well as possible? They must enforce a zero tolerance attitude, but have handed out the most lenient punishment possible due to the circumstances.

Had Team GT filed for a TUE *before* they got caught out, I'd have more sympathy...
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 I'd like to see what the actual test values were. Per his doctor's statement he was prescribed a 7-day course of probenecid on March 10th. He would have completed his course March 17th, one week before Rotura and two weeks before Tasmania. The half-life on probenecid isn't particular long and the UCI's statement indicates that he tested positive for probenecid and not metabolites of it.
  • 9 1
 Yep, I brought this up and even cacluated the maximum amount that could have remained in his blood at Derby which was hundredths of a picogram (below the limit of detection of any test for any drug I am aware of) and most of PB ignored this fact and instead are using this a s a pedestal to bash the admittedly shitty UCI
  • 18 4
 What does Maes' suspension mean for UCI? Is a better question, EWS and mountain biking as a community needs to end it's work with the UCI asap.
  • 11 0
 So everybody can dope all they want?
  • 3 1
 @FuzzyL: We are starting to have E-MTB enduro races, why not have a category for doped/roided up riders? I'd watch it. Oh wait it's called cycling.
  • 3 1
 @brodoyouevenbike: "We are starting to have E-MTB enduro races, why not have a category for doped/roided up riders? I'd watch it. Oh wait it's called EWS." FTFY
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 @FuzzyL: I'm not advocating for no testing. As I read pinkbike's write up on it, I felt that UCI dropped the ball on granting a medical exception. Poor decisions like this cause more then Maes to just miss a few bike rides, him and most of the riders in the EWS aren't doing this for spare change, this is their profession, their income.

Granted testing isn't something anybody can do so UCI is somewhat of a necessary evil, but many companies offer such services. OR the UCI could provide testing with more decisions coming down to hopefully reasonable individuals within EWS would be some possible ways I could imagine going forward.
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 @sexyelephantonskis: Exactly because it is the income of those riders, and since they are professionals in every sense of the word, they shouldn’t make mistakes like Maes and his team did in this case.

The UCI and WADA have to have a strict set of rules, and they have to make absolutely sure, everybody complies to those rules, no exceptions. Especially no exceptions after the fact. UCI learned that the hard way in road cycling, where they were trusting riders, team managers, and doctors for far too long.
  • 13 2
 Everyone needs to remember the context for why WADA has to be crazy strict. Remember how during the Sochi olympics the Russian Intelligence had a hole in the wall of the drug testing lab to swap clean urine for athletes? They are setting rules cause they have to deal with crazy stuff like that.

Whether Enduro mountain biking needs to be that serious is a different question though
  • 2 1
 “Whether Enduro mountain biking needs to be that serious is a different question though”
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 @nateisgrate: should be the only question...
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  • 13 5
 I'm utterly amazed about the hypocrisy of PB.

Let's re-cap:

1.) A professional athlete violates rules related to his profession he and his environment should be familiar with.
2.) The violation get's spotted.
3.) The one reporting the violation get's the blame

Seriously? And then blaming the UCI. After all, in pre-UCI times (EWS 2018 Rule book), the rules were even more crystal clear (that they haven't been applied, see Rude/Graves case, is a whole different story)

"At any National Federation sanctioned event on any EWS calendar, Anti-Doping tests may be carried
out at any time. All riders entered into the event must comply with local Anti-Doping regulation
procedures if asked to do so. Failure to do so will result in disqualification from that event and further
penalisation as deemed appropriate by the EWS Board.
The Enduro World Series organisers and EWS will respect and assist any National Cycling
Federation operating anti-doping controls at Enduro World Series events.
Any competitor entering an EWS event must follow any anti-doping procedure that may be asked of
them by an Enduro World Series organiser.
With the interests of keeping enduro mountain biking clean from the start and to avoid the spirit and
reputation of enduro mountain bike racing from being brought into disrepute, any cyclist, regardless
of cycling discipline, who has previously been found guilty by any court or regulatory body of any
use of or involvement with banned, performance enhancing drugs will not be entitled to compete or
take part in any Enduro World Series event.

Any cyclist prevented from competing or taking part in any Enduro World Series event by virtue of
the foregoing paragraph may appeal to the Board of EWS for exemption from that rule and in
exceptional circumstances the Board of EWS may at its absolute discretion grant such an exemption.
However, in the interests of transparency within the sport of enduro mountain bike racing, the Board
of EWS reserve the right to maintain a zero tolerance approach to drug taking in cycling and will
communicate any appeal decision publicly."

I just put myself in the shoes of the second place finisher who doesn't apply masking agents and doesn't sip from unknown bottles - if those violations don't get penalized
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 As far as I understand the UCI put down the punishment, not the EWS. Whether he should be banned for life by the EWS is a different question, no?
  • 15 8
 Maes got hosed. They're trying to make an example out of these guys. Somehow Maes tried to do things correctly, save his leg, and gets the biggest punishment of the 3. Graves has been dealing with Cancer. His suspension meant next to nothing. Richie wasn't doing that great and didn't lose all that much on his suspension and supposedly part of it was voluntary. Maes has a legit issue. It's tracked. It's pretty clear what happened. And somehow he not only loses two wins but the chance to race until Whistler. So he loses his first place and any chance in hell of doing well for this season. Seems to me that they could have... WORST case. Blanked those two races in question and then let him race moving forward as he's testing clean. To me this is one of the worst things I've ever watched happened in MTB in regards to legislation completely screwing someone. This is worse than the spandex suit battles of the 90's.
  • 4 6
 What's just dumb and weird about this whole thing now too.. You can't really take away his 2 wins and hand it over to the second place finishers.. Makes NO sense! He legit WON and received all the positivity of winning & the guys who got second will NEVER feel like they've WON those races. and the whole points thing now is just "make believe" and "hypothetical" too~ Waste of a season UCI these are real people your playing with and they know what's right from wrong! Maybe letting the fellow (Racers) Decide these outcomes would be smartest!!?!
  • 13 6
 He took know banned drugs - twice - over an extended period of time, did not check the list, this is what he is guilty of. He admits it and is now serving his penalty for a big farking brain fart.
  • 8 0
 "kissed his girlfriend who had a sinus infection" bahahaha
Groupies will be tested before entering at all official UCI EWS afterparties,
  • 4 0
 Unless, of course, the groupie submitted a therapeutic use exemption application - not backdated TUE, that is.
  • 8 2
 Anybody interested in EWS 2? Its the same thing but wada UCI or any other turd orgs that dont like to have fun in the dirt are not allowed. We’ree building one trail per race that resembles a supercross track for half and a world cup dh for half. Oh, and its lift access only and clips are banned. Doping controls will be limited to whats legal in the host country, if you arent breaking the law we wont end your career. Canadian races should be sick AF.
  • 7 0
 Martin and his team should have applied for the Tue as soon as it was dispensed, not waited until after he failed a drugs test. There was plenty of time to do that so no one else is to blame.
  • 5 0
 EWS Organisers in 2018: Merging with the UCI wont have any effect on the EWS and they won't be able to make overruling decisions which will damage the competition.

UCI in 2019:
  • 6 0
 Ratboy, come back to DH, just need to find a girlfriend who takes huge bong rips and say you kissed her
  • 3 0
 Lets all just admit that in this highly competitive sport you going to take something everybody does it you just run the risk of being caught Maes got caught just like everyone else got caught in the past who's next??
  • 7 6
 He should’ve fought the decision. He was told by several on-site doctors that this is fine. He was not in the knowledge that he should’ve asked for the alternative. I understand that ignorance does not protect from the law, but they did ask.
If a guy can get off by kissing his girlfriend (yeah, right) then he should’ve been in a much stronger position.
  • 2 1
 so legally challenge the UCI? what is the track record of such a action? is there even merit here?
  • 1 0
 Wonder if the team has set aside lawyer fees for such an event
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 It was his and his teams mistake for not very easily checking it against the banned substance list (which anyone can do right now with their phone) and then going back for a TUE. It was a simple stupid mistake. But allowing a decision to be overturned bast on a post-test TUE is a non-starter... it's way to ripe for manipulation.

Riders and teams need to up their professional game, take responsibility and put procedures in place to ensure stupid, easily avoidable mistakes like this don't happen.
  • 3 2
 What a bummer! Props to Martin and GT Team for the professional facing of this sentence. I'm sure Martin has enough balls to keep his extraordinary pace in future runs. I'm nobody to judge the performance of these super athletes, just hope that every single detail of information be share and signed at time with the teams and riders, to avoid future debates.
  • 4 2
 Get tested positive because you kissed your girlfriend and that's Ok. But if you have a life threatening Infection then your guilty. Makes sense.
  • 5 3
 I really hope Martin Maes goes to the DH World Champs now and wipes the floor with some of my heroes. Then wipes his ar5e on the UCI jersey in protest.
  • 1 0
 Looks like Jessie Melamed could do the overall, but if Sam Hill wins this weekend, I guess you’d put your money on him taking the series again. Wonder if any of them have an opinion on Martin Maes?
  • 4 1
 Doctor taking the fall for a leading pro athlete , wow that's has never happened before
  • 1 1
 Its pretty clear that he knowingly used a banned substance that is well known in sport to be used to cover up more serious doping. He then absolutely demolished an entire field of world class athletes on numerous occasions. The UCI and ews should ban him for life simple as
  • 1 0
 ..."PICTOGRAMSSS" ...sorry but he didnt comply with rules that everybody needs to...plus there is big chance he took some jet fuel...to all you "KNOWING" he didnt stop this speculation...LETS BE FAIR
  • 1 0
 Let's look at the bright side: Martin might turn this situation into a great oportunity and have a fire under his ass to train and win more DH races, maybe even world champs
  • 2 3
 Looks like the UCI want racers to have a full pharmacology degree as well as racing full time. I don't usually buy "accidental" ingestion stories, but it is just so obvious that Mes did nothing wrong here. Add to that the fact that this drug gave him no performance advantage. Martin Maes is having a season that would have gone down in history books, and the UCI have stolen it from him. This is a textbook case for a TUE.
  • 6 7
 Surely they can review case by case and differentiate abuse from doctor prescribed medication. Sticking to "rules" merely to follow them regardless of the situation is plain stupid. Context is always what matters.
  • 2 4
 Let's place things in context. He cut his leg quite badly, this was reported on PB. He didn't do this on purpose so he could take a masking agent. Just doesn't make sense. The guys innocent, cut him some slack. Hope he wins the world champs.
  • 2 0
 How many riders did this babe kiss?
  • 1 0
 Hey PB i just checked and it appears my Fantasy results have yet to be updated... Smile
  • 2 0
 Big Penalties for those that Race #NOTCLEAN
  • 1 3
 Martin Maes is no cheat, it was purely bad luck he had no reception. They basically banned him cause he cut his leg. He would certainly have lost his leg had he not upped the antibiotic dose and taken probenecid, and would likely have lost his life also.
  • 2 1
 Exactly, you’ll have to take my points from my cold dead hands lol
  • 1 0
 Will this affect the fantasy league points ?
  • 1 0
 But seriously... The fantasy leauge has to be updated too!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 most boring bullshit ever.
  • 2 1
 PB assholes... get lost with your stupid articles.
  • 1 1
 You know you don't have to read stuff on this site, right?
  • 2 0
 @matttauszik: you think we only need the halleluja callers here?
  • 1 1
 @jozefk: we definitely don't need a*shole callers here...
  • 1 0
 Over ews to it gets clean
  • 1 0
 Weellll at least I know on who to bet on the fantasy dh, go Martin !!
  • 9 8
 He's innocent!
  • 11 1
 No, that's the thing. Sure it's a shitty situation, could have been handled better from injury to positive test but it's an infringement of the regulations. If the regulations are wrong, change them. As it stands with today's rule book he is not innocent.
I hope this actually wakes up teams or federations to review & tighten any processes that could lead to this for their own riders and ensure nobody else has to sit out 90 days.
Martin is a superb rider, athlete, role model and much valued member of my Fantasy team all season but this time you have to say, as he has, "I messed up".
  • 2 1
 Athletes should just download this pdf to their phone so there are no more fUCI ups

  • 1 0
 There it is
  • 6 5
 Fuck the UCI
  • 2 2
 Hope everyone at the UCI chokes on a bag of Richards
  • 1 1
 I kinda hope he wins world champs.
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