At least, that’s the most reasonable assumption, since neither rider tested positive for any performance enhancing drugs, and were banned based on other evidence … and it is pretty well known that Joe Papp provided USADA with a list of his customers during his own doping investigation.

In the first announcement of the day:

Neal Schubel, a 45-year-old masters racer from Saginaw, Michigan, has accepted a two-year suspension from competition after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found that he had purchased and used synthetic erythropoietin EPO.

According to a USADA announcement issued Wednesday, Schubel’s suspension began on November 18, 2010, the day he accepted the sanction, but his results have been negated all the way back to August of 2006. Schubel readily admitted the violation when confronted with evidence in the agency’s possession.

Under UCI and USADA rules, Schubel is also required to return any prizes earned over that four-year period, but a review of his results posted at USA Cycling’s website suggests that he needn’t worry about that aspect of the Doping Code.

via Michigan masters racer suspended for EPO use – VeloNews.

The last sentence in the above article is simply classic, and you really have to love the pop-up text when you hover over the link (which I dutifully copied from VeloNews). It’s definitely illustrative of how ridiculous it is for a masters racer to take performance enhancing drugs …

And in later news, which seems to be quite a shock to many based on various reactions in the Twitterverse:

Boulder-area racer Charles “Chuck” Coyle has accepted a two-year suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency found that he had purchased and used synthetic erythropoietin (EPO) and insulin growth factor (IGF-1).

The 38-year-old Coyle was a part owner of the Boulder-based Hüdz-Vista Subaru cyclocross team and has been an active road, track and `cross racer for 20 years. Following the announcement of Coyle’s suspension, he relinquished his share in the team.

Team owner and director Lance Johnson said that Coyle has now been fired from Hüdz-Vista Subaru and pointed out that the suspension relates to events that can be traced back to Coyle’s involvement in another team and should not reflect on the character or policies of Hüdz-Vista Subaru.

Coyle’s two-year suspension began on Wednesday, when he accepted the penalty after investigators presented evidence of purchases of illicit performance-enhancing drugs dating back to June 13, 2007. Under UCI and USADA rules, Coyle will be required to return any prizes earned since that date.

As was the case with another suspension announced Wednesday, Coyle’s case did not involve an analytical positive test, but was based on evidence of purchases of illicit performance-enhancing drugs supplied in other investigations.

via USADA announces another cycling suspension – VeloNews.

I can understand (but not condone) the temptation for an up-and-coming pro to start doping … I can understand (but not condone) a pro rider who is trying to stay at the top of his game to dope. I cannot understand what drives a 35-45 year old never-was to dope his way to mid-pack (or worse) finishes … it’s a waste of money, and riders like that are a waste of space.