United States Anti Doping Agency announced a one-year ban for 80 year-old amateur cyclist Barbara Gicquel from California after she returned a positive result for a prohibited substance last year.


She tested positive for methyltestosterone in August of 2019 after setting a 75-79 age-group world record in the 500m time trial.

Methyltestosterone is an androgen and anabolic steroid which increases testosterone levels.

The world record result along with results since 2015, including USA Cycling, USA National Senior Games and Huntsman World Senior Games, have been stricken and nullified with Gicquel admitted she used the banned substance since 2005.

She applied for a retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE), but it was rejected by USADA.

USADA said the TUE application “was denied because the documentation she submitted did not establish that she had a medical condition that required the use of methyltestosterone and indicated that her use of the medication was likely to provide an additional athletic performance benefit beyond a return to a normal state of health.”

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