Telegraph names British cyclist Dan Stevens as the sportsperson at the centre of the Dr Bonar allegations

British cyclist Dan Stevens has been named as the athlete at the centre of the claims that a London doctor has assisted 150 sportspeople take performance-enhancing drugs.

The Daily Telegraph reported on Sunday evening that it believes Stevens was the person who provided evidence to UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) that Dr Mark Bonar was prescribing banned substances to a variety of sportspeople.

Dr Bonar’s activities were the subject of a Sunday Times undercover investigation, during which its reporter was told by Bonar that he had treated ‘British Tour de France cyclists’ as well as a host of other top sports stars from Britain and abroad.

Stevens was banned from competition for 21 months for failing to provide a sample for an out-of-competition anti-doping test on January 29, 2014. His suspension was cut from 24 to 21 months by UKAD after Stevens provided “valuable anti-doping information” to the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC). His ban expired on November 1 2015.

Stevens was contacted by the Telegraph on Sunday, but declined to comment, saying “I’m sorry, I can’t talk about this”.

>>> British cyclist Dan Stevens banned for failing to provide anti-doping sample

UKAD chief executive Nicole Sapstead issued a statement on Sunday after the Sunday Times published its article, saying that the organisation did not have the jurisdiction in Bodnar’s case as he is not governed by a sporting body.

“UKAD commenced an investigation into Dr Bonar following interviews with a sportsperson in April and May 2014,” said the statement. “Following those interviews and an investigation, UKAD found that there was nothing to indicate that Dr Bonar was governed by a sport and UKAD had no other intelligence to corroborate the sportsman’s allegations.

“As a result, UKAD recommended to the sportsperson that more information was needed and as Dr Bonar fell outside of UKAD’s jurisdiction, that information could be passed, if appropriate, to the General Medical Council, which does have the powers to investigate possible medical malpractice and pursue if necessary.

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“UKAD encouraged the sportsperson to obtain evidence, to go through his files to see if he had any useful documents, to recall names, to keep in touch with investigators – anything which may be deemed as helpful to the investigation and could help to corroborate what had been said in his interviews.

“KAD received handwritten prescriptions from the sportsperson in October 2014. The sportsperson claimed to have been issued these prescriptions by Dr Bonar and UKAD consulted an independent medical expert to examine the prescriptions. After assessing all the evidence, as per the National Intelligence Model, UKAD did not believe that there were grounds, at that point, to refer the case to the GMC.”

UKAD’s handling of the case will be the subject of an independent review which will look into how “information supplied by the sportsperson was handled and whether proper procedures were followed”.

  • Stevo

    That is correct.

  • Norfolk_n_Chance

    Obviously you know nuffin (nothing) bout (about) popular telly (television) quotes.


  • Stevo

    Drugs aren’t bad.

  • John Westwell

    And it’s all gone very quiet since the article appeared in the Sunday Times. Presumably someone has realised that when UKAD looked into the case and said that there wasn’t any evidence, there probably wasn’t. Of course, in France, the ‘doctor’ would be taken into custody and questioned until he gave up the names. Maybe the law will be changed here to allow us to fall into line with other EU states.

  • dourscot

    These so-called allegations are based on a doctor nobody has heard of claiming he did something to sportspeople he doesn’t name. Zero evidence – not a single piece of supporting evidence.

    This is actually quite damaging to anti-doping – it makes it look like a paranoid laughing stock.

  • dourscot

    So the sum total of these allegations is a cyclist nobody has heard of told UKAD that a doctor nobody has heard of claimed to have doped TdF cyclists?

    Not exactly rolling in evidence.

  • MD

    The doctor clearly has ethical standards of the same level as corrupt politicians who stash their money in Panama. What makes us so sure he’s not above a little exaggeration for the purpose of promoting himself? I’m sure he’s treated lots of sportsmen by why do we take his word that he really has treated a TdF rider? After all, if he’s treated a cyclist, why not just add “TdF cyclist” to his “promotional material”- it certainly sounds better and it’s not like any client is going to check!

  • ummm…

    ooooooooo snap – can i just link this article everytime somebody gets butt hurt about a froome or wiggins joke? I really dont have a dog in the fight, but this is just too beautiful. Where are the fellas that are usually praying to their cycling gods? Gone quiet………….

  • roddders

    So why the stupid questions then?
    Where does it say Stephens rode the tour?

  • llos25

    Yes I have the proper article with the full statement unlike you.

  • roddders

    You’ve not read the article have you?

  • llos25

    UK cyclists including some TdeF riders there is more than one it seems.

  • ian franklin

    Since when was Stevens a Tour de France cyclist?

  • Norfolk_n_Chance

    Drugs are bad Mmmmm-k