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by Matt de Neef
March 12, 2018
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Soler wins chaotic Paris-Nice as De la Cruz takes final-stage victory; Yates wins Stage 5 at Tirreno-Adriatico, Kwiatkowski moves into race lead; Amy Pieters wins the Ronde van Drenthe; Hayato Okamoto takes Tour de Taiwan lead after stage 1; Nino Schurter’s XCO World Cup streak comes to an end; Langvad on top after Ferrand-Prevot’s mechanical in South Africa; Tom Dumoulin forced out of Tirreno-Adriatico; Doctor who claimed to have supplied drugs to 150 elite sportspeople is struck off; Obree returns to the windtunnel: How fast were his classic TT positions?; Behind the wheel of the Astana team bus.
Almost two years after a Sunday Times exposé which quoted Mark Bonar as saying that he helped unnamed British Tour de France riders plus other sporting clients obtain performance-enhancing drugs, the British doctor has been struck off the medical register.
Bonar was found guilty of misconduct by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MPTS) at a hearing in Manchester. According to The Metro, he was ‘solely concerned’ with athlete performance when he prescribed steroids and other drugs to a young athlete who went undercover for the Sunday Times prior to its April 2016 story.
The MPTS concluded that the use of a growth hormone, Thyroxine, had put the patient “at real and serious risk of harm,” and that Bonar’s advice to patients on how to avoid detection meant that he had “failed to act with honesty and integrity.”
In the original Sunday Times story, Bonar told undercover reporters that he had prescribed banned performance- enhancing drugs to 150 elite sportsmen. He claimed that these included British Tour de France cyclists, an England cricketer, a British boxing champion, tennis players, martial arts competitors and Premier League footballers. He later claimed that he had exaggerated in order to “oversell” his practice.
Bonar didn’t turn up on the day he was due to face the MPTS, instead sending an email to be read in his absence. He claimed that he was living abroad at an undisclosed location, asked that his name be removed from the medical register, and concluded his message with the – presumably sarcastic – “warmest regards.”
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