(Reuters) - British cyclist Gabriel Evans has been handed a three-and-a-half year suspension for using banned blood booster erythropoietin (EPO), UK Anti-Doping said on Thursday.
The British junior national champion, who won the national junior 10-mile time trial in September but was subsequently stripped of the title, admitted to using the performance-enhancing drug in December.
"Here is a young man at the start of his sporting career whose decision to intentionally cheat has significantly impacted that career before it has really begun," UKAD's chief executive Nicole Sapstead said.
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"Evans clearly acted intentionally when he decided to purchase and use EPO. However, doping is not a straightforward decision and every person's motivations are different. Some do it for money, some do it to win."
The 19-year-old has been banned from all competitions from October 2015 to April 2019.
(Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Lovell)