Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 15, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Richeze wins tight Suisse sprint; Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over; UCI, WADA to push for identification of Puerto athletes; Interview: Why Phil Gaimon believes Danielson wasn’t doping; Keagan Girdlestone out of coma and breathing unassisted; Dot watching – The Trans Am and the Tour Divide; Rio velodrome not ready until mid-July; UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case; Copeland to manage new Bahrain team; Fabio Felline set to return to racing; Chris Anker Sørensen speaks of Tinkoff team exit; Cycling media loses valued member; Leah Kirchman extends with Liv-Plantur; Is cycling more harmful to the environment than a car?; Aviva Women’s Tour Of Britain Preview; Brandon Semenuk pins it for 100 seconds; Danny Van Poppel makes incredible save, is fined by commissaires 

UK Anti-Doping admits failures in Dan Stevens case

by CyclingTips

UK Anti-Doping has admitted that it failed to pass information given to it about Dr. Mark Bonar by cyclist Dan Stevens. Dr. Bonar claimed in an investigation by The Times, to have doped over 150 professional athletes.

“There was a note on the file that it should have gone to the GMC,” UKAD Chairman David Kenworthy told the UK Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee. “For some reason, it didn’t go.”

Kenworthy also admitted “poor performance and organisational failing” in the Stevens case.

Stevens went to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) following a two-year ban handed down by UKAD, on their opinion that his evidence did not warrant a reduced sanction. UKAD was subsequently forced to reduce its sanction after the CIRC recommended reducing Stevens’ ban.

Stevens also claimed that UKAD spent £50,000 in legal fees defending against allegations that it had not properly investigated his information. “It cannot be possible for a national anti-doping organisation to regard a doctor prescribing EPO as not significant,” said Stevens.

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