Two American Amateur Masters Cyclists Banned by USADA
American master cyclists David Less and Craig Webb banned for failing to provide samples after race wins
USADA announced that David Less, of Hamburg, N.Y., and Craig Webb, of Traverse City, Michigan athletes in the sport of cycling, have accepted a two-year and four-year sanction for an anti-doping rule violation due to therefusal to provide samples aftyer winning races.
Less, 56, refused to provide a sample on October 13, 2017. Evading sample collection, or refusing or failing to submit to sample collection, without compelling justification, is a doping violation. Less’s refusal to provide a sample came between his victory in the West Falls Cyclocross Race, and a sixth place finish in the Holimont Cyclocross Race.
Webb, 57 was banned for four years after he refused to provide a sample following an age-group victory in the 2017 Bell’s Iceman Cometh Challenge on November 4, 2017.
In Webb's case one rider commented recently "Just some clarity of the Webb case, he didn't just win his age group, he had the fastest time out of all amateurs at Iceman, which there are around 4,000 racers. So yes, he won his age group but that is kind of an understatement. I finished 3rd (now 2nd overall) and he was able to bridge up solo to me and now the official winner, and once he made it up, went right to the front and picked the pace up 2 notches and eventually popped me. As Armstrong would say 'not natural'"