Richie Rude about his doping positive: "I drank from someone else's bottle"
On May 13, 2018 Jared Graves and Richie Rude gave an adverse result in an anti-doping test that was made after the French race of the Enduro World Series. Rude was suspended for 8 months and from the beginning, he attributed his positive to an accidental intake. Now , he confirms that it was produced by drinking from another biker's bottle.
Richie Rude says he tested positive as result of drinking from another biker's bottle
The substances that both tested positive for were Higenamine (a fat-burning compound banned inside and outside the competition) and Oxilofrine (a stimulant banned in competition and the same for which the runner Asafa Powel tested positive). Richie Rude has issued a statement in which he explains how his case has been.
I had run out of water and I drank from someone else's bottle while climbing to the start of another stage
"Good News Alert~ Thank you to everyone who has had my back for the last 8 months, family, friends, and sponsors. I would not be here today if it weren’t for you guys!
You guys might be wondering, why am I thanking everyone? Well… I am super pumped to announce that I will be back racing in Italy for the next stop on the EWS calendar. Before I get back to racing I would like to fill everyone in on what has been going on in my world. Firstly, I would never do anything to harm this sport or jeopardize the result of another athlete or myself by cheating. Everyone works way too hard and a lot of sacrifices are made, I respect all my fellow competitors and love my fans and support system too much for that.
So, in case some of you weren’t up to speed… Last year I had a doping infraction while racing in France. This whole thing was a shock to me. All in all it was accidental ingestion of the substance. I had run out of water and used someone else’s bottle as we climbed up to the start of another stage. Due to it being accidental and the French anti-doping authorities also seeing it in this light, my suspension was back dated to when I stopped racing last season, and now I am free continue the sport that I love. Im thankfully to be moving on from this. I hope this brings awareness and stands as a learning experience to others.
Again, I want to say thank you to everyone who has stood by me and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races again soon! "