Jonathan Breyne is recovering from an apparent suicide attempt.
Breyne received notification on Wednesday of this week, that he had tested positive for the banned substance – clenbuterol. The 22-year old Belgian rider is reported to have taken a large amount of pills on following day, and was subsequently rushed to a hospital in Ghent. According to the Belgian media, after spending the night in hospital, he was released yesterday.
Breyne has been a member of the Crelan-Euphony team since 2011. However, he was signed to the To Win-Josan Continental for 2014. Breyne told the Belgian newspaper Sudinfo.be:
"I received the news by email". "I have done nothing to deserve this but how do I prove this happened in China?"
China is notorious for for using Clenbuterol in it’s livestock. And, athletes were warned about this by the World Anti Doping Agency back in 2011.
"The doses found in my body were much bigger than in Contador’s case, the UCI has told me," Breyne said.
Breyne said he hadn’t eaten since learning of the news.
"I don’t feel well at all, " he said. "I haven’t eaten since. I don’t understand why this happens to me. I feel really sick."
Just hours after his interview, Breyne’s father said the young rider took large amounts of pills, before being rushed to the hospital for treatment. And, though he was conscious in the emergency room, he was held overnight for observation.
It remains uncertain if he will avail himself for B-sample testing.
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