Tucson native and Saguaro High School graduate, Phil Zajicek was given a lifetime ban by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
According to a story by CyclingNews.com, Zajicek admitted to purchasing and using performance enhancing drugs and later lying about it in testimony to a panel looking into doping.
The Cycling News report also says, “Zajicek is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to April 24, 2007, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.”
During that time, Zajicek won the Tucson Bicycle Classic twice.
According to a Velo Nation story, Zajicek released this statement:
“Today, I have accepted a lifetime ban from the sport of cycling,” the statement reads. “I have had an enjoyable and successful career which has taken me to all corners of the of the globe and I’m grateful for everything cycling has given me.
“It’s time to walk away from the sport and begin the next chapter of my life with the tremendous support of my wife, family and friends behind me.”