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Arbitrators impose lifetime ban on Kirk O’Bee and nullify his 2007 national championship

2007 National criterium championships, Kirk O'Bee
O'Bee in his stars and stripes jersey in 2007

An arbitration panel has imposed a lifetime ban on cyclist Kirk O’Bee for a second doping offense. The panel also disqualified O’Bee’s results back to Oct. 3, 2005, including his 2007 national criterium championship, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday.

The panel upheld a positive doping result from an out-of-competition sample taken May 20, 2009. The sample was found to contain synthetic EPO. USADA also presented the panel with evidence indicating that it said showed O’Bee used other banned substances as far back as October, 2005. That evidence included emails related to buying or using banned substances, such as EPO and hGH, and the purchase of a blood measuring device.

O’Bee had previously been banned for one year when testosterone was found in a sample taken at the 2001 USPRO championships in Philadelphia.

O’Bee, 33, lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia. VeloNews could not immediately reach him for his reaction to the USADA announcement.

O’Bee’s 2009 team, Bissell, fired him in August last year for what the team described as unspecified contractual violations.

USADA said O’Bee will have to return all winnings and titles he won since October, 2005. That would include overall wins and several stage wins at the 2007 and 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix, stage wins at the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic and Cascade Classic, victory at the 2009 Kelly Cup and the 2007 crit title.

In 2007 O’Bee was riding on the HealthNet-Maxxis team when he was awarded the crit title after finishing second to Canadian Martin Gilbert. O’Bee’s then-teammate, Shawn Milne, was the second American across the line that day and will presumably be awarded the national title. Milne now races for Team Type 1.

The arbitration panel’s decision (.pdf)

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