Banned cyclist Hastings cites borrowed used syringe as reason for failed steroids test

Andrew Hastings claims his failed drugs test resulted from borrowing a used syringe from a gym member and injecting himself with Vitamin B12

British Masters champion Andrew Hastings, banned on Thursday for taking anabolic steroids, claimed in his deposition to UK Anti-Doping that a borrowed, used syringe was to blame for his positive test.

Hastings, who rode for Richardson's-Trek, was tested on May 30 and returned an adverse analytical finding for Metenolone and Stanozolol, the day before he won the British Masters (35-39) title.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.