Doping Scandal Hits Australian Cycling

Cyclist Rogers

Cycling Australia (CA) wants no mercy for respected cyclist Michael Rogers if he is found guilty of doping.
The three-time world time trial champion and 2004 Olympic bronze medallist tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterol at his last race of the season, the October 20 Japan Cup.
Rogers, a respected figure in the sport, has been provisionally suspended by the sport’s governing body.
But the Saxo-Tinkoff rider denies deliberate doping, fearing a contaminated food source is behind the positive test.
Interim CA chief executive Adrian Anderson also revealed on Thursday, 19 December, that Rogers does not hold an Australian racing licence, meaning that body will not hear his case.
It is understood that Rogers has a Swiss or Italian licence. Rogers last rode for Australia at last year’s Olympics. Anderson said “not many” Australian professionals had licences with other national federations.
He was also blunt when commenting on Rogers’ positive urine test.
“While we respect Michael Rogers’ right to defend himself, we will support the maximum sanctions applicable in the event that he’s found guilty of doping,” Anderson said.
Rogers’ positive is the latest blow for a sport that insists the Lance Armstrong doping era is history.
“For too long, this great sport of cycling has been let down by drug cheats,” Anderson said. “This sport has had a tortured history of doping.
“Of course these sorts of incidents… do tarnish the sport.” Rogers competed in China a week before his failed test.


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