Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 8, 2014) USADA announced today that Todd Robertson of Boulder, Colo., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted an eight-year suspension for his second anti-doping rule violation.
Robertson, 51, tested positive for the banned stimulant Modafinil as the result of an in-competition sample collected at the Masters Road Championships in Bend, Ore., on September 5, 2013. Stimulants are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (UCI) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code. Robertson tested positive for a banned oxygen-enhancing peptide hormone in 2011, and in accordance with the rules, as this is his second offense, Robertson has accepted an eight-year suspension.
“After having served a suspension in 2011, I never expected to find myself in this situation again,” said Todd Robertson. “I was very aware and conscious of all supplements I took in the last 2+ years and have been tested several times since with those in my system. While I will not be racing any sanctioned events in the future, and although I still do not know how or why a banned stimulant was found in my system, I very much respect USADA and the process.”
Robertson’s eight-year period of ineligibility began on November 10, 2013, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. Robertson is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to September 5, 2013 the date his sample was collected, including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.
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