American cyclist Zajicek gets lifetime ban

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- American cyclist Phil Zajicek has received a lifetime ban for admitting to a second and third doping offense, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday.

USADA said Zajicek, 32, admitted to a second doping offense of purchasing EPO and a third doping offense of providing false testimony at an American Arbitration Association panel hearing, as well as encouraging other witnesses to provide false testimony.

Zajicek's lifetime ban started June 5, when he accepted the sanction, and he was also fined $5,000 by USADA for expenses incurred. His first offense came for an adverse analytical finding for the stimulant cathine in 2004.

"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 in a statement.

Zajicek was disqualified from all competitive results that came on or after April 24, 2007. He has been competing with the UCI continental team Fly V Australia.


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