World Champ Rogers Tests Positive for Doping

Blames tainted food

Pro cyclist Michael Rogers competes in the 2012 Olympic men's time trial. (Paul Wilkinson)
Photo: Paul Wilkinson

Three-time road cycling world champion Michael Rogers was provisionally suspended after testing positive for clenbuterol in a test at the Japan Cup last fall, the International Cycling Union (UCI) reported yesterday.

The cyclist told his team, Saxo-Tinkoff, that he fears the positive test was the result of a contaminated food source and that he did not knowingly take the banned substance, which builds muscle and burns fat.

“The provisional suspension of Mr. Michael Rogers remains in force until a hearing panel convened by his national federation determines whether he has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 21 of the UCI Anti-Doping Rules,” the UCI said in a statement.

Although his A sample came in positive, Rogers still has the right to request testing of his B sample.

Alberto Contador, one of Rogers’ current teammates, also tested positive for clenbuterol at the 2010 Tour de France. He too blamed tainted meat, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport stripped him of results, including his Tour victory.

Rogers left Team Sky last year after being implicated in the U.S. Anti Doping Agency report that ruined Lance Armstrong. Rogers admitted to working with banned doping doctor Michele Ferrari, but denied using any performance-enhancing drugs.     

According to a “secret” UCI doping suspicions list published in 2011, Rogers was one of 40 riders who warranted extra attention from anti-doping officials. 

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