Wednesday 07, Nov 2012
South African cyclist David George, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong, has admitted to making use of the blood-boosting drug EPO and said the sport had given him experiences “no person or young athlete should have to go through.” “I fully understand the consequences of my admission and will bear the results of this,” George said.
On August 29, the former US Postal Service rider failed an out-of-competition doping test, according to the South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport. George was provisionally suspended by Cycling South Africa ahead of an independent tribunal and is now facing a ban of two years.
George rendered an apology to his sponsors but the backer of his current 360Life team, Nedbank, said it was immediately withdrawing its sponsorship.
“Nedbank has a zero tolerance towards the use of any banned substances or performance enhancing drugs and does not condone or support such use in any sport,” the South African bank said.
David George cycled on the disgraced Lance Armstrong’s US Postal team in 1999 and 2000 and was one of the top cyclists of South Africa and won the South African time trial championships five times and road race championships in 2003.
“Cycling, as you know, has been a confusing space, and although it has given me incredible moments it has also given me experiences that no person or young athlete should have to go through,” George said.
“His biological passport indicated suspicious activity and that triggered a targeted test for EPO,” SAIDS chief executive Khalid Galant said earlier Tuesday, announcing the positive test. “A subsequent urine test came back positive for the banned EPO drug.”