British Cycling confirms anti-doping rule violation

British Cycling confirms anti-doping rule violation

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Following an announcement from UK Anti-Doping (UKAD), British Cycling can confirm that Mr Andrew Hastings has been suspended from all sport for four years following an anti-doping rule violation.

Mr Hastings, 35, tested positive for two anabolic steroids - metenolone, its metabolite and a metabolite of stanozolol – while competing at this year’s Team Time Trial National Championship in Newark, Nottinghamshire, where his team (Richardsons-Trek RT) finished second.

The event was organised under the regulations of Cycling Time Trials, governing body for time trials in England and Wales. Richardsons-Trek RT has subsequently been disqualified and the result annulled. 

Bob Howden, president of British Cycling, said: “I applaud UKAD for their successful intelligence-led approach. Individuals who violate the spirit and the rules of sport deserve to be caught and receive the appropriate punishment.

“At British Cycling, we are proud of our strong anti-doping culture. Whilst anyone trying to cheat at any level is regrettable, this outcome shows the system working and that should encourage everyone associated with the sport.”