Former Rabobank and Sky team doctor banned for life

Belgian doctor Geert Leinders permanently banned from pro cycling for doping violations committed between 1996 and 2009

Dr Geert Leinders, former Rabobank and Sky team doctor, has been handed a lifetime ban for doping violations, commencing with immediate effect.

A statement issued by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Thursday, said that Belgian Leinders has been banned due to doping violations committed during his time as chief team doctor with the Dutch-based Rabobank squad between 1996 and 2009.

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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, an exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.