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by Shane Stokes
January 30, 2018
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New York rider David Less has been handed a two year ban after he refused to provide a urine sample to USADA testers. The 56 year old was requested to do so over three months ago but wouldn’t comply, leading to his sanction.
“Less, 56, refused to provide a sample as requested by a doping control officer during an out-of-competition test on October 13, 2017,” said USADA in a statement. “Evading sample collection, or refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing, the United States Olympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policies, and the International Cycling Union Anti-Doping Rules, all of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.”
It said that Less was liable to a four-year ban, but was given a reduction to two years due to what it described as mitigating factors. His suspension began on October 13, from which date he has lost all results, medals, points and prizes.