Cycling: Rogers gets nine-month doping ban

US BMX cyclist Jason Rogers tested positive for a banned stimulant in March and is about to complete a nine-month suspension, the US Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday.

Rogers tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine in a urine sample collected at the BMX Continental Championships, in Oldsmar, Florida, on March 8.

Because the stimulant involved is on the specified substance list, a reduced sanction can be imposed and that was the case for Rogers, whose results in races March 8-10 at the event were forfeited.

The results from those three races alone had placed him eighth in the US elite men's BMX power rankings for the year despite his absence from five later points races.

Topping that list for 2013 was Connor Fields, who placed seventh at the 2012 London Olympics.

Rogers, 28, began a nine-month period of ineligibility on March 8 and as a result, his ban will end early next month.

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