Lizzy Banks reveals positive doping test and nine-month battle to clear her name

TARBES, FRANCE - JULY 18: Portrait of English professional racing cyclist Lizzy Banks, photographed in Tarbes, France, on July 18, 2019. (Photo by Sean Robinson/Future Publishing via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Lizzy Banks
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Former EF rider Lizzy Banks has opened up about her battle to clear her name after returning an adverse analytical finding in a UK Anti-Doping test last July.

The British racer was notified by UKAD of a positive test for asthma medication Formoterol as well as a low level of the diuretic Chlortalidone "indicative of a contamination".

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix