Cycling: Reames banned after drug test

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Jill Reames, of Yorkshire, was yesterday banned for six months and stripped of her silver medal in the women's national 100-mile time-trial championship following a positive drug test. A sample given by Reames after the championship was found to contain ephedrine.

Philip Heaton, secretary of the Road Time-Trials Council, said in a statement: "The evidence presented indicates that this was taken unknowingly in the form of a herbal dietary supplement advertised to produce weight loss."

Reames, a member of the Swaledale club, is not expected to appeal against her suspension.