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Richie Rude is Returning to EWS after Eight-Month Suspension

This Sunday, Rude announced that he'll be back on the race track. 

Last November news broke that racers Richie Rude and Jared Graves failed their drug tests at the Olargues stop of the EWS. Both racers tested positive for the performance-enhancing drugs Higenamine and Oxilofrine. Higenamine is normally used as a treatment for asthma, but when abused, it gives athletes an unfair advantage by increasing their oxygen intake per breath. It's completely banned from competitions. The other drug, Oxilofrine, is an amphetamine and stimulant that heightens a user’s focus, particularly through an increased release of adrenaline.

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Both athletes claimed to have unknowingly ingested the substances but accepted their results from the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD). Graves has been absent from the 2019 EWS season, due to a shocking  brain cancer diagnosis last September. Currently, Graves is focusing on treating his cancer and recovering. Rude, however, served an eight-month suspension determined by the AFLD. The suspension kept him from competing in any major competition since November.

Rude’s suspension comes to an end on June 26th, meaning that he’ll be back in time to race at the Canazei stop of the EWS. Eager to be racing again, Rude penned this statement in response:

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Good News Alert~ Thank you to everyone who has had my back for the last 8 months, family, friends, and sponsors. I would not be here today if it weren’t for you guys! You guys might be wondering, why am I thanking everyone? Well… I am super pumped to announce that I will be back racing in Italy for the next stop on the EWS calendar. Before I get back to racing I would like to fill everyone in on what has been going on in my world. Firstly, I would never do anything to harm this sport or jeopardize the result of another athlete or myself by cheating. Everyone works way too hard and a lot of sacrifices are made, I respect all my fellow competitors and love my fans and support system too much for that. So, in case some of you weren’t up to speed… Last year I had a doping infraction while racing in France. This whole thing was a shock to me. All in all it was accidental ingestion of the substance. I had run out of water and used someone else’s bottle as we climbed up to the start of another stage. Due to it being accidental and the French anti-doping authorities also seeing it in this light, my suspension was back dated to when I stopped racing last season, and now I am free continue the sport that I love. Im thankfully to be moving on from this. I hope this brings awareness and stands as a learning experience to others. Again, I want to say thank you to everyone who has stood by me and I look forward to seeing everyone at the races again soon! Scroll left for more -> @yeticycles @redbull @smithoptics @rynopower

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