'I felt that my life was over' - Lizzy Banks reveals nine-month anti-doping nightmare

British rider received a 'No Fault or Negligence' ruling after returning a positive anti-doping sample last year

Lizzy Banks in GB kit
(Image credit: Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com)

Former British pro Lizzy Banks has revealed details of a nine-month battle with anti-doping authorities that ended in her name being cleared. 

The 33-year-old was informed in July 2023 by the UK Anti-Doping Agency (UKAD) that she had returned two adverse analytical findings (AAFs); one for formoterol, an asthma medication she had been taking, and one for chlortalidone, a diuretic she had never heard of, present only as a small trace. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.