9 Sep 2010

New Zealand cycling boss shocked by rider's doping ban

1:59 pm on 9 September 2010

The CEO of New Zealand Cycling's governing body says sprinter Adam Stewart's two year ban from the sport for anti-doping violations has dealt a major blow to the New Zealand team less than a month out from the Commonwealth Games.

The Canterbury track rider has been suspended by the Sports Tribunal for possession and attempting to use prohibited substances including the blood booster EPO.

The CEO of Bike New Zealand Kieran Turner says he's still struggling to come to terms with the news.

Kieran Turner says Stewart was a key member of the New Zealand sprint team and no decision has yet been made on his replacement.