Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 21, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Daily Mail reveals Brailsford tried to kill Wiggins medical package story; Outcome of Brailsford testimony: ‘should pay with his job’; UCI awards Lampre-Merida WorldTour license to UAE Abu Dhabi; Wout van Aert to race on Felt in 2017; Lars van der Haar possible for Heusden-Zolder World Cup; Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values; Vicente Reynes announces retirement; Uber admits to self-driving car ‘problem’ in bike lanes; Rolling with Lance Armstrong; Bahrain-Merida unveils team kit; Herne Hill Velodrome crowd-funding campaign surpasses goal; Johanna Jahnke short documentary; Hawke’s Bay Summer Cycling Carnival.

Leif Hoste refusing to pay fine for abnormal blood values

by CyclingTips

Former pro Leif Hoste is refusing to pay a fine of 150,000 euros given by the Belgian Cycling Federation because his biological blood passport showed abnormal blood values in 2013.

Leif Hoste and hi slawyer Johnny Maeschalck pictured at the KBWB-RLVB head office in Bruxelles on June 14, 2013.

Leif Hoste and his lawyer Johnny Maeschalck pictured at the KBWB-RLVB head office in Bruxelles on June 14, 2013.

The Belgian Cycling Federation began a doping case against Hoste in March of 2013, and in July 2014 the UCI banned him for two years until 29 December 2015 for biological passport irregularities. He was also sanctioned with a fine of 300,000 euros, including the court costs.

The UCI had halved the fine to 150,000 euros, but Hoste is still refusing to pay.

He denied taking banned substances and had challenged the findings of the biological passport, claiming the testing was flawed, which is why he is refusing to pay the fine.

During his 15-year career the Belgian took three second places at the Tour of Flanders and won three national time trial championships, but retired in 2012 due to back problems.

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