The German Cyclist Michel Hessmann Faces Serious Sanctions for Doping
Michel Hessmann, a 22-year-old cyclist from Germany who rides for Jumbo-Visma, has been caught in a doping scandal. The positive test result was obtained during an out-of-competition control in June, but it was only made public in August. As a consequence, Jumbo-Visma has suspended him from the team pending further investigation.
Confirmation of Positive Test Puts Hessmann’s Defense at Risk
The German newspaper Badische Zeitung has revealed that the second sample, known as sample B, also tested positive for the same diuretic medication. This confirmation further complicates Hessmann’s chances of proving his innocence. Jumbo-Visma has yet to comment on this development, which could potentially lead to the cyclist’s dismissal.
A Rising Star with a Troubled Future
Hessmann, who showed great promise during his junior career, joined the Jumbo-Visma team in 2020 through their reserve squad. Since 2022, he has been alternating between professional races and sub-23 events. In 2023, he played a crucial role in supporting Primoz Roglic’s victory in the Giro d’Italia. However, his participation in the road race at the Glasgow World Championships ended prematurely.
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