VeloNews reports that Dewey Dickey (Mercy-Specialized) has accepted a lifetime ban effective Sept. 1 for testing positive for EPO and for refusing a test in May, as previously reported.
He must forfeit all results and prizes back to April 2, 2007, which VeloNews says is when he first violated anti-doping rules. According to Dickey, however, he had a three-year therapeutic use exemption effective from 2006. It's unclear how the 2007 violation squares with his TUEs.
Dickey had more than a dozen wins in the past four seasons, including a masters race at this year's Superweek.
Update: This VeloNews story
sheds a little more light on the situation.
Dickey starts to admit things