Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 14, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Richie Porte’s road to the 2017 Tour de France: ‘It’s probably the most important year of my career’; Colnago helps find sponsors to keep TJ Sport team alive; Jan Bakelants critical of WorldTour reforms; Tom Meeusen changes training after tests; Gert Dockx retires at 28; Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction; Quick-Step Floors shows off new kit; BORA–hansgrohe unveils a new team kit for its WorldTour ascension; Astana presents team, names Aru leader; Team Crelan Willems Verandas shows new kit design; Study recommends cities use ‘Idaho Stop’ to better manage traffic; Man cycling Antarctic with custom quad fatbike; Strategy board game inspired by ‘Breaking Away’ race; ‘Jesus Bikes’ causing fuss around Melbourne; Massive flyover built for Belgian cyclocross championship course; Film calls out Berlin on cycling infrastructure.

Amateur cyclist, doctor receives four-year anti-doping sanction

by CyclingTips

The US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has handed amateur cyclist Thomas Luton, of McKinney, Texas, a four-year sanction for a non-analytical anti-doping rule violation stemming from an investigation into a website called ‘The Anemia Patient Group,’ which illegally marketed and distributed banned substances to athletes.

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Luton, who is a doctor of emergency medicine, was sanctioned for his use and possession of erythropoietin (EPO), human growth hormone (hGH), and testosterone from 2010 through 2012.

He is the fourth athlete suspended out of the investigation of The Anemia Patient Group, which was headed by Nicholas Brandt-Sorenson, who received a lifetime ban from USADA, and whose Strava KOMs are currently the target of retiring pro Phil Gaimon.

Cyclist Kyle Schmidt and triathlete brothers Brooke and Robert Radcliffe were the other three who received bans in connection with the case.

Luton’s ban began on 7 December and he has been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to January 16, 2011, the start of his 2011 cycling season.

Click through to read more at USADA.