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Genevieve Jeanson banned for life
Canadian star vows to clear name, but retires from cycling
Genvieve Jeanson, the Canadian who lives in the USA and thereby holds a USA Cycling racing licence, has been banned for life by the federation. She reportedly failed a test in July 2005 at the prorogue of the Tour de Toona.
The failed test follows a failure to appear for a test at the 2004 Fleche-Wallone race in Belgium, which is treated as a positive result. USA Cycling has therefore imposed the maximum penalty for what technically becomes a second offence. Jeanson was also deemed unfit to race in October 2003, with an increased haemocrtit level (which is indicative of EPO use) and was not allowed to start the World RR Championships in Hamilton, Canada at that time. Jeanson passed the follow up tests performed afterwards.
Jeanson has told a Canadian daily newspaper that she will fight to clear her name and that she's never taken any banned substance. She is retiring from cycling, having tired of repeatedly fighting to clear her name.
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