Cyclo-cross rider Katie Compton has ended her career after receiving a four-year doping ban.

The 42-year-old American, who took silver at the World Cup in 2007, 2011, 2013 and 2018, sees no other option.

"I'm innocent, but I can't prove it," said Compton, who tested positive for anabolic steroid use in September 2020.

"It wasn't until early February that I was told that an anabolic steroid had been found in a reanalysis of the same sample," Compton said.

"I hired a lawyer and tried to find out how the substance got into my body, but because of the five months between the collection of the sample and the report, that proved impossible, so I decided to stop doing this expensive and difficult fight and accept the sanction."

Katie Compton (left) on the podium with Marianne Vos after a cyclo-cross in late 2013.

Katie Compton (left) on the podium with Marianne Vos after a cyclo-cross in late 2013.

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Compton was a competitor of Vos

Compton will go down in the books as her country's most successful cyclo-cross rider ever.

From 2004 to 2018, she won the U.S. Championship 15 times in a row and was on the podium five times at the World Cup.

In 2011 and 2013 she finished second behind Marianne Vos.

Compton has won a total of more than 130 cyclocross races, although she has not played a significant role internationally in recent years.

Before starting as a cyclo-cross racer, Compton won two gold, a silver and a bronze medal at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.

She did so on a tandem, as a pilot for the blind Karissa Whitsell.

Katie Compton in action with Karissa Whitsell at the 2004 Paralympic Games.

Katie Compton in action with Karissa Whitsell at the 2004 Paralympic Games.

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