Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 10, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marini wins fourth stage at Tour of Taihu Lake; Dimension Data set to remain in WorldTour as UCI increases maximum number of teams; WorldTour lite? Participation not mandatory for UCI WorldTeams at 10 new WorldTour events; Marianne Vos reunites with team director Jeroen Blijlevens; Nikki Brammeier recounts dealing with concussion after crash; Brailsford, British Cycling to be questioned by Parliament; New RCS Medigroup president considers auctioning Giro TV rights; Lars van der Haar out with leg injury; JLT-Condor signs Brenton Jones; Team CCB International announces roster; British time trial events see more testing, no positives; Amateur cyclist admits to doping; American racer loses bet, gets tattoo of New Zealand; Final stages of Tour of Southland; Snow Bike Festival, Gstaad 2017 trailer; Never have a flat again?

Amateur cyclist admits to doping

by CyclingTips

Amateur cyclist Andrew Hastings, who is serving a four-year ban from UK Anti-Doping, finally admitted to taking prohibited substances while recently appearing on a British television show. However, the reasoning behind his decision to dope surprised the interviewers.

In response to the panel assuming he took steroids because he felt he was not strong enough, he said: “quite the opposite; I was doing really well.”

“Winning is a big thing, a great thing. When you win your family, friends and teammates give you praise. It’s a great feeling.”

Hastings was banned after testing positive for anabolic steriods Metenolone and Stanozolol at the National Team Time Trial Championships.

“I came to cycling quite late,” Hastings continued. “Competitive cycling trumped everything I had done so far. You almost get stuck in a cycling bubble world and it is very addictive. You became fairly selfish because you’re training all the time or racing and when you race there’s a lot of traveling involved.”

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