This week United Kingdom Anti Doping (UKAD) sentenced amateur cyclist Shaun Leonard, 55, to a four-year ban from competition after he admitted to possession and use of multiple performance enhancing substances.

On 27 August 2018 Leonard, a member of East Lancashire Road Club, was traveling to the 2018 UCI Gran Fondo World Championships in Varese, Italy when he was stopped by Swiss border police, and upon searching his automobile they discovered Testosterone, Clenbuterol and masking agents Furosemide and Amiloride – all banned substances. Leonard admitted the drugs were his and in 2019 he was criminally convicted of doping by a Swiss Court and fined.

In 2020 UKAD charged Leonard with possession and use of the performance enhancing drugs discovered in Switzerland. When interviewed by UKAD investigators Leonard also admitted using the banned drugs Tamsulosin, Diazepam, Gabapentin, Clopidogrel, Lansoprazole and Omeprazole.

UKAD found Leonard guilty of all charges and subsequently banned him from 24 June 2020 until 23 June 2024. In addition, all results obtained after 27 August 2018 have been disqualified, including time trial races on 8 September 2018, 27 April 2019 and 11 May 2019.

In May 2018 prior to being caught with banned drugs in Switzerland, Leonard won the East Lancashire 10-Mile Championship Title after he ”pulled out all the stops to improve his personal best time for the distance by two minutes…a fantastic achievement,” according to the Oldham News

Photos: East Lancashire RC