Dan Stevens, the whistleblower at the centre of the Sunday Times’ investigation into the practices of Dr Mark Bonar, has warned that doping is an “endemic” problem in cycling, that other doctors like Bonar are operating, and that doping may have become far more sophisticated in the upper echelons of the sport.
The 40-year-old amateur cyclist, who was prescribed banned performance-enhancing products by Dr Bonar, was giving evidence in front of a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, where the chair of UKAD admitted to shortcomings in its handling of intelligence relating to Dr Bonar.
Stevens explained how he was able to pick up drugs such as EPO at high street chemists and warned that the problem does not stop at Bonar – that there are other doctors around the country engaging in similar practices.
“He isn’t an isolated case; there are a number of other doctors working out of anti-ageing clinics,” he said. “There are a number of anti ageing doctors in the UK advertising that they will provide human growth hormone and testosterone for anti-ageing purposes.”
Stevens repeatedly used the word “endemic” to describe the problems faced by cycling and sport as a whole. He echoed one of the key conclusions of the Cycling Independent Reform Commission (CIRC) last year in highlighting the issue of doping at amateur level.
“Your start seeing people making quantum leaps… and it becomes obvious,” he said, before describing a general attitude of “if you can’t beat them, join them.
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