Phil Zajicek, an American cyclist who rode last year with the Fly V Australia pro team, has been banned for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), the group announced Friday.
Zajicek was disqualified from all competitions from April 24, 2007, and forfeited all prizes from victories in the 2007 Cascade Cycling Classic and 2010 Tucson Classic plus a 10th-place finish in last year’s Tour of California.
USADA said Zajicek admitted to a second career doping offense for buying erythropoietin (EPO) and a third doping offense for providing false testimony at an American Arbitration Association panel hearing, as well as encouraging other witnesses to provide false testimony.
Zajicek was found in violation the first time in 2004 for testing positive for the banned stimulant cathine.
“Mr. Zajicek has accepted responsibility for his actions and is aware that the severity of his sanction is a direct result of him intentionally cheating his fellow competitors and then providing false testimony in an effort to escape punishment,” USADA chief executive Travis T. Tygart said.
Zajicek, 32, also will pay USADA $5,000 for expenses.
AND AS IF ANYONE IS SURPRISED..OR EVEN CARES AT THIS POINT….
Controversial Italian cyclist Riccardo Ricco was on Friday suspended by his country’s national Olympic committee’s (CONI) anti-doping body, a source said. The ban applies to events inside Italy as well as abroad.
The 27-year-old Ricco had already been suspended on Wednesday by the Italian cycling federation on health grounds, four months after he went emergency treatment for kidney trouble.
Ricco won two stages at the 2008 Tour de France. But he was thrown off the race after a positive test for Cera EPO (erythropoietin) and was banned for 20 months.
In March he vowed to quit cycling after being sacked by his Vacansoleil team following reports he tried to give himself a blood transfusion. Ricco denied the allegations…as if anyone believed him.