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Greg Lovell Suspended for 2 Years

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The National Anti Doping Organization (NADO), made the news of Lovell’s suspension public in a press release dated March 29, 2016. The release said that Lovell was tested in connection with the 26th Annual Krem New Year’s Day Cycling Classic. It notes that Lovell failed the test that was conducted by NADO. The two year suspension, as handed down by the Results Management Authority of  the Regional Anti-Doping Organization, was effective March 10, 2016. According to the release, the decision was taken “after hearing the facts as were presented in its hearing on March 1, 2016, and on Wednesday 23rd March, 2016“. The release ended by saying, “The cyclist tested positive for the In-competition prohibited substance Dexamethasone a Glucocorticoid steroid“.

Lovell finished second in the New Year’s Day race and was joined on the podium by Byron Pope,who finished third, and is coincidentally, awaiting his own hearing after also testing positive for a prohibited substance. In an exclusive television interview with local 7News on March 17 2016, Pope alleges that the he may have been affected by an unnamed substance, given to him by a family friend, that he used with a massaging rub. Lovell has not participated since New Year’s Day and has not spoken to reporters. Lovell rode for DigiCell 4G Cycling Team, which also won the New Year’s Day race with Joel Borland. A team representative declined further comment on the issue today, except to say “that is not what our team is about“.

Lovell, who turns 31 in April, has not been the front-runner for his team since its inception a couple years ago. He was nicknamed “the Bullett” after being, arguably, the fastest sprinter in Belize earlier in his career. Since then, Lovell has been eclipsed by his younger teammates Joel Borland and his brother Giovanni Lovell. His experience served the team well, but they have not lost a step since his absence. Borland placed second in the GC for the Valentine Tour, to Mexican Juan Manuel Yapur, and third, to the Guatemalan brothers Padilla-Miranda, in the Holy Saturday Cross Country Classic last weekend. Teammate Joel Vanegas also won the Belmopan Cycling Classic while Giovanni Lovell was second. So, with a gradual decline performance and a two year suspension what will become of Greg Lovell the cyclist? Lovell’s age does not put him over the hill, but cycling is as much mental as it is physical and his silence at this point, leaves the cycling community with more questions than answers.

About Isaac Rhys

Isaac Rhys is the Managing Editor at cyclebiz.com. Based in the Belize, he started Cyclebiz in 2015 intent on attracting more attention to local bike races and its participants.

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2 Comments

  1. rolly

    April 1, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Its about time the federation start doing something to clean up cycling in Belize i can guarantee you that more cyclist will be coming back positive a cyclist just cant elevate there riding performance over night.When the next test come in don’t be surprise with the names you will be hearing

  2. Anigi

    April 1, 2016 at 8:31 am

    What about Byron Pope?