UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has confirmed that a 19-year-old cyclist, Gabriel Evans, has been banned from all sport for three years and six months following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).
The UK’s national anti-doping organisation opened an investigation into Evans in August 2015 when information, including a vial containing erythropoietin (EPO) which was believed to have been used by Evans, was provided to UKAD.
British Cycling’s president Bob Howden said: “While it’s concerning that an 19 year old has been tempted to cheat, it is just as concerning that someone was happy to supply him. We will work with UKAD to understand how this situation occurred, including ensuring that procedures remain robust in uncovering wrong-doing.
“British Cycling has developed an anti-doping culture over many years, supported by an educational programme, in competition testing programme and athlete support at all levels.”
Evans is banned from all sport from 16 October 2015 to midnight 15 April 2019. More information is available via UKAD’s website.