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by Matt de Neef
November 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jai Hindley takes overall honours at the Tour of Fuzhou; Van Aert and Van Looy win at Superprestige Gavere; Brown, Champtaloup win at the Tour of Margaret River; Gianni Moscon breaks wrist in gym accident; Dirt roads return to Gent-Wevelgem in 2018; Dani Moreno to join EF Education First-Drapac; Former mechanic defends Cancellara against motor doping claims; 60-year-old cops doping ban, blames wife for spiking drink; Luke Rowe’s road to recovery; Highlights from the Urban Cycling World Championships.
A 60-year-old time trial rider in the UK has been banned for four years after testing positive for 1.3-dimethylbutylamine, ostarine and the metabolic products of GW1516. The man’s excuse? That his wife had “spiked” a smoothie with a handful of supplements in the lead-up to a race.
The man, Stephen Costello, was tested at the Stone Wheelers 25-mile time trial, an event he finished in 95th place. Responding to his positive test, Costello provided a witness statement from his wife and said that he had consumed drinks that his wife had prepared.
In its finding on the case, UK Anti-Doping stated that the rider should to have been “alive to the possibility, if he did not know in fact, that [his wife] was adding supplements to her own smoothies,” adding that “drinking the remnant of a smoothie which his wife had prepared for her own consumption amounted to a manifest disregard of the significant risk that such conduct might result in an [anti-doping rule violation].”
Costello has been banned from cycling from June 16 2017 until June 15 2021.
Follow the link to read more at the UK Anti-Doping website.