Former U.S. cyclocross champion Jonathan Page has been notified that he missed an anti-doping test at the World Cup at Koksijde, Belgium, on November 29.
UCI anti-doping officials have forwarded a report of the missed test to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for review. UCI anti-doping coordinator Peter Van den Abeele told the Belgian website Sport.be that Page failed to appear for a drug test despite being notified that he had been randomly selected.
Page, however, said that he had not heard anything about the test until he was informed that he had missed it three weeks later.
Page’s wife Cori said that she and her husband stayed around the finish at Koksijde and would have easily been found had UCI testers simply asked.
“We were still in the parking lot when the race finished and the racers were heading back to their vehicles,” Cori Page wrote on the couple’s web site, www.thejonathanpage.com.
“We stopped at the race headquarters where Jonathan had to pick up his travel money. No one said anything and when we asked them on the phone over the last few days, they said they didn’t say anything because they didn’t know! We believe them.
It’s strange though because the only other time I’ve been present when a rider didn’t show up for doping control, the organizers, officials, racers, soigneurs, everyone, was trying to get that guy to report. His name was repeatedly announced. They sent people to find him and many people, including a friend of ours, called his phone. That guy missed it on purpose. Fresh off a two-year suspension for doping, he was at it again. He got the luxury of every opportunity to show up. Jonathan got none.”
The case is slated for review by USADA, which could issue a warning or impose a suspension following a review of statements from UCI testers and Page.
Page was expected to be named to the U.S. team to the world championships, slated for February 1 in Hoogerheide, in the Netherlands. Page finished second at the world championships in 2007.
USA Cycling is expected to name its elite men’s squad next month. Governing body officials could not be reached for comment on Saturday.