British Cycling has confirmed that Dan Staite has tested positive for EPO and an aromatase inhibitor – a drug used in cancer treatment.

Staite, who rode for the Cycles Dauphin Racing Team early in the year, was tested after the Roy Thame Cup, a National B event in Buckinghamshire, on March 13 and the urine sample showed traces of both banned drugs.

An investigation by the UK Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that an anti-doping rule had been broken and the National Anti-Doping panel has suspended Staite from competition for two years, a ban which runs from May 1, 2010 to May 1, 2012.

Bob Howden, chairman of British Cycling’s anti-doping commission, said: “We are naturally disappointed that a cyclist has been found guilty of doping, however, this case shows that the comprehensive testing programme which operates at all levels of the sport is delivering results.

“We have a no tolerance policy towards doping and we are committed to working close with UK Anti-Doping to eradicate the use of performance-enhancing substances from our sport. Mr Staite’s example is a warning to all athletes, both amateur and professional, that cheats will be caught and that cycling must be and must be seen to be a drug-free sport.”

Staite’s best result this season was second place in the Jock Wadley road race in March, where he was behind Jonathan Tiernan-Locke of Rapha Condor Sharp.

CW has been aware for some time that there had been a positive finding but had to wait until the result was confirmed by the anti-doping authorities. However, when rumours became circulated on the internet, we contacted Staite to give him the chance to confirm or deny that he had used drugs or explain the circumstances. He declined.

The full text of UK Anti-Doping’s case against Staite can be read on its website:

The nine-page document explains the case and Staite’s response. The hearing was held on June 28, 2010, in Staite’s absence, as he had indicated he wanted to take no part in the investigation. However, it does indicate that Staite admitted his guilt in a telephone call with a UK Anti-Doping official

In an email from Graham Arthur, an official at UK Anti-Doping, Staite was offered the chance to reduce his ban by providing assistance but he declined, replying: “I have nothing more to add to the case and wish to not be contacted concerning this issue in the future.”

The document also explains that Staite was visited at his home on March 18 – five days after the Roy Thame Cup – by UKAD officials who wanted to take a blood sample, in accordance with the rules. Staite refused to give a sample and told the officials they could not enter his house. He claimed to have a heavy cold, which is why he did not want to co-operate, although the officials said there was no obvious sign of a heavy cold. The officials stayed at Staite’s house for an hour but were not allowed in.

Having heard the evidence, Robert Englehart QC, the independent arbitor, imposed a two-year suspension from competition on Staite.

In June, with rumours still flying, British Cycling’s president, Brian Cookson, told CW and assured the organisation’s members there would never been a cover-up of any doping case in British cycling.

In today’s issue of CW we confirm that Endura Racing’s riders were given the all-clear after several of their riders were tested at the Chas Messenger and Drummond Trophy races on May 2. See the magazine for the full story.

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No whitewash of any UK doping case
New doping agency to target UK riders at all levels
The powers of UK Anti-Doping
UK Anti-Doping: What’s the protocol?

  • Matt Beckett

    Pity pity pity, all should be banned for life. How desperate are these guys? I can remember Dan from the 1990s, just feel so sorry he’s got himself down to this low level. You win races but as said on Disneys Cars Film about the Piston Cup – it’s just an empty cup. Dan like others seems to have piston his.

  • Tim

    Staite has several Concept 2 indoor rowing records too. Surely these should be scrubbed out too. I presume he’s cheated for a long time.

  • Cavologuardi

    I’d be chuffed to bits with second in the Jock Wadley but I’d feel a right numpty knowing I’d tinkered with my blood to enable me to do so. Aye, Dan, I bet you’re more than a little embarrassed by all this… but I beg you, please, talk to UKAD… or at least take the opportunity to explain WHY you felt the need to do this by talking to the sporting press (be that CW or whoever).

    You are now faced with a stark choice: be a David Millar, take responsibility for your actions, and allow your personal story to serve as a stark warning to all domestic racers and would-be cheats… or be a ludicrous small-time Flandis.

  • tony moran

    So much for the power of doping if all he can acheive is second place in a National B race, what an absolute talentless loser. This still shows the need for testing even at local level. Definately deserves a life ban.

  • Cycling Weekly

    In response to Borderfox’s comment, CW would be interested in talking to Dan Staite to gain an understanding of why he did what he did and could ensure him a fair hearing. Perhaps Staite’s story could be educational and a warning to people who may be tempted to do the same thing. However, when contacted by CW, Staite declined the opportunity to say anything. It’s notable also that in the UK Anti-Doping document on the investigation and hearing, Staite also decline the opportunity to co-operate with UKAD, which may have reduced the length of his ban.

  • Simon

    On a positive note, it sends a strong message to youngsters that it’s not just pro-riders that get tested, we ALL could. Perhaps there are now a few other riders now reflecting on the chemical elements of their training regime…

  • Jimbo

    It’s hardly a suprise when well known UK dopers at the top end get forgiven for their “mistake” and welcomed back.

  • borderfox

    well well well add another name to the roll call of cheats, but before (rightly ofr wrongly) we condem him to a life as a cheat lets ask a few questions and more importantly get the answers
    1. why did he feel the need to dope
    2. where and how did he aquire these products
    3.was he acting alone
    without answers to these questions we have lost an opertunity to go deeper into why doping still thrives within the sport because nailing this man to a cross or burning him at the steak will be our loss not his

  • Hammy

    Almost unbelievable!!

  • Mauhum

    Couldn’t agree more, the guy is clearly a complete idiot! Why the hell does some no hope rider dope? If he needed to dope to get a second place in a UK race, what the hell did he think his future would bring? Like the other idiot cheats he deserves all he gets!

  • george

    What a DING DONG why would someone whos cr*p resort to this? So far off the big league

  • bb

    ? His motivation was to win. Crappy little UK races are still pretty bloody hard.

  • k

    Agree with Katie – you can see how someone who makes their living from cycling might be tempted to cheat but to risk your life for some crappy little UK races, you have to be insane. It’s not like he was even riding for a top team. Maybe he thought he could really shine and get into a decent team? Who knows what his motivation was. Strikes me as pretty bloody stupid.

  • katie

    Incredible that someone who has never hit the headlines as a top class rider should do this. You can see but not condone the World Class guys resorting to this to get the edge but at his level !!!

    Then when you read the rest of it and see the stupidity exhibited by him etc you wonder if life ban would not be better.