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Cycling Australia responds to provisional suspension of Rogers

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December 19, 2013, 05:58,
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Recommends 'maximum sentence' for Australian

Cycling Australia (CA) CEO Adrian Anderson has responded to the provisional suspension of Michael Rogers for a positive clenbuterol test from the Japan Cup, stating the national federation would support a maximum suspension.

"CA were alerted of the positive test via the UCI media release this morning," said Anderson. "Whilst we respect Michael Rogers' right to defend himself, we will support the maximum sanctions under the WADA code if he is found guilty of doping."

Rogers can request for his B-sample to be tested but as Rogers does not hold an Australian racing licence, if he is found guilty the sanctions will not be determined by CA. In light of this Anderson added, "CA will support WADA, ASADA and the applicable National Federation in whatever action they deem appropriate."

While Rogers would escape punishment from CA, Anderson stated that the national body fully supported international efforts to prosecute riders who violate anti-doping rules. "The fact that the drug testing process continues to uncover positive tests should be a lesson to all cyclists that if they choose to dope they can expect to be caught," Anderson said.

"For too long the sport of cycling has been let down at the international level by drug cheats and CA supports every measure to detect and prosecute doping offenders."

While CA has become fully committed to clean cycling, evident in its commitment to introduce a strict no needles policy in 2004, Rogers is the second high profile Australian to be caught up in a doping scandal following the admission by Stuart O'Grady in July that he used EPO prior to the 1998 Tour de France.

In accordance with CA Policy - every staff member, coach and rider who represented Australia in international competition from 2013 onwards - is required to sign a no-doping statutory declaration stating that they have never participated in any illegal doping practices.

Over the past 12 months CA has progressively implemented procedures as recommended by the Wood Review, which includes enforcing ASADA's online anti-doping education as criteria for national team selection.

The federation has also reviewed its supplements policy, introduced a European based athlete mentor program to monitor the welfare of young Australian riders entering the professional peloton.

It has also established an Ethics & Integrity Panel to provide independent advice and assistance to the Board in relation to doping and other matters.

MattCla 10 months ago
Wow there tiger! He hasn't has 'his day in court' yet.
Dear Wiggo 10 months ago
Agreed. The chest thumping is a bit repulsive.
bike_boy 10 months ago
No but he's returned a positive test, he's now guilty until he proves himself innocent. These guys are paid big money to ride bicycles, they know damn well what they can take and what they can't.
Jarrah 10 months ago
Aint sanctimony wonderful.
MattCla 10 months ago
True but assuming its from contaminated meat, how much do you need to eat? Its easy to eat something and not even think that it contains meat (eg sauces or gravies for example - or a Balfours 'meat' pie....). I was once served a 'vegetatian' burger that was actually made of cheap sausage meat...that was not awesome....
shapiro 10 months ago
If the evidence points to an unaccountable presence of clenbuterol in his system, then maximum sanctions should apply. At the very least, Rogers has been very unprofessional to risk eating meat products in China after all of the warnings ... bordering on stupidity.
Andrew Rancie 10 months ago
riding for Saxo, do you really think Rogers would be stupid enough to risk eating meat in China if the Contador argument was true and he got busted by doing the same thing?? of course not, he was taking the drug just like Contador and also like Jonathan Breyne who also recently got busted. in my view, they all still cheat and the fact that there is a constant flow of busts shows that they generaly get away with it, and probably only get busted when they are tested while 'glowing' It drives me made when riders say that it is different and we need to move on from the armstrong era, yet riders are consistently being caught! I still love the sport, but lets not living in denial...any thoughts on this? agree? Disagree?
shapiro 10 months ago
Cheating exists in all sports. Always has and always will. Where catching the cheats is concerned, cycling is surely ahead of the game in comparison to any other professional sport. In the past, most fans just shrugged their shoulders at news of a cyclist being busted for PED use; nowadays, a lot of fans and fellow professionals (particularly the younger ones) seem genuinely pissed off - let's keep sending that message. Heaps more testing would be great - costs a lot of money though. Someone needs to come up with a new model for funding anti doping agencies. Re Rogers, I agree , doesn't look good. However, due process needs to be followed so I for one will hold my fire until the experts have made an informed, carefully considered decision.
blemcooper 10 months ago
You can disbelieve Contador's steak theory for his clenbuterol positive, but there is no doubt that clenbuterol contamination of the food supply in China happens.
FloggerDog 10 months ago
agreed. Eating Chinese meat? C'mon. Don't bother coming out with that one.
RobbieCanuck 10 months ago
I agree with your sentiments Andrew. I think Rogers thought he could take clen and IF he got caught he would be okay arguing the tainted meat argument because it is a problem in China. This shows as you point out that the idea of cheating still permeates the peloton and the new riders are naive in the extreme if they think the problem has gone away. I note one of the repliers to your comment tried to rationalize cheating in cycling because there is cheating in other sports. This is a disengenuous argument because cheating is cheating and simply because it happens in other sports that does not mean it should be tolerated in cycling. The bottom line is doping gives a cyclist an unfair advantage and puts clean cyclists at a disadvantage and is a gross violation of their rights. Doping has destroyed the careers of countless cyclists who chose to compete clean but simply couldn't. When cyclists like Armstrong whine he is being treated unfairly compared to other cheats, the argument is absurd. What he should be focused on is not his penatly but the fact he cheated and has brought the sport into further disrepute.
noidea 10 months ago
I think that cycling should have a ride every fourth year calendar a la olympics. We can then spend the following three years sorting out all the doping issues
bike_boy 10 months ago
One ride every four years? i'm not following your lack of logic.
noidea 10 months ago
one active season every four years my learned friend
Strydz 10 months ago
There is no logic to follow Bike Boy
sinar63 10 months ago
We should all zip until it proven he is gulty. I find it rather unool to jump onto the bandwagen of ahh we can hack another cyclist down. I have been involved in top level sport for a long while whilst living in Switzerland and believe me there are so many times when things could have gone wrong. Is all food and drinks tested these athlets eat ? In my time this was not the case and I possibly had chemicals in my body I was never aware of. I could also think that after all the focus on doping in cycling taking drugs on purpose would not just be stupid but outright criminal I would think Michael Rogers should at least given a chance and the support to prove how this chemical came about Come on Australia
Mark Hornsby 10 months ago
Assuming the B-sample is positive, strict liability means that he is automatically guilty and the onus is on him to prove extenuating circumstances.
laziali 10 months ago
Why do you think CA has been so quick???? Anyone involved in cycling knows Mick has been the luckiest rider around not to get popped previously. About time
Dr_Stav 10 months ago
Is there any indication of how positive a positive test is? The rumours abounding is that this is from the same lab as the Contador positive. Where Contador was positive, it was with a new test with a very high detection threshold - to the point where it is marginal difference between micro-dosing and meat contamination. If Rogers returns a positive with a huge Clem peak, and a clear indication of doping explicitly for the purpose of performance enhancement, then fair game. Test the B sample, apply sanctions. If this is again a minor positive where the difference between micro-doping and contamination is ambiguous, then yes, apply every caution, allow a fair hearing approach and suspend until sufficient reason to either sanction or leave, regardless of the riders past, history, previous teams etc. Rogers may have innuendo about his previous results, teams, reasons for leaving Sky etc, but any sanction should ONLY be applied to a positive test which can be categorically filed as a positive test, or a significant bulk of evidence from a large number of verifiable accounts (such as LA), not rumours and hearsay.
sinar63 10 months ago
I could not agree more with what and how you explain the situation. Well said and written
Mark Hornsby 10 months ago
If the rumours are abound that this is from the same lab as the Contador positive, then the rumour mongers aren't doing their homework, because it has been quite explicitly stated that the positive came from the WADA-accredited laboratory in Tokyo (whereas the Contador positive came from the Cologne laboratory).
Dr_Stav 10 months ago
Yep, you're correct, it has been reported that it was the Tokyo lab, I stand corrected. It'll be interesting to see how this develops, particularly being clembutarol with questions over which assay was used and what the implications will be for future testing. As Dr_Wok says below, it could open a whole can of worms (again) regarding racing in China and the difference between doping and contamination.
dr_wok 10 months ago
Excellent post. The problem is the once the stuff is in his system, however it got there, he is guilty. He would probably need to take meat samples from the hotel and have them tested to legally have a chance at getting off. They need to change the clenbuterol cutoffs in my mind. Very high risk of food contamination. Rather than tell riders not to ear meat in China, I would rather tell them not to travel nor race in China.
Chuck_T 10 months ago
The awareness levels should have been very high for Mick and the team. Aside from the warnings he does race on a team with an athlete who was the subject of the most high profile clen case in history. It should be BYO in China. I would like to know how much contaminated meat you'd need to consume to register a positive test ? The TOB has been going three years now and I can't remember there being a spate of clen positives in that time ? Of course there is the distinct possibility that he was micro dosing or using clen during a training block took some blood with traces and reinfused it. Either way it's going to be a difficult sell to avoid suspension.
Anonymous 10 months ago
More Fleet Street journalism , yes he is Australian but as he does not hold an Australian license a majority of this article is inconsequential .
Silver Bullet 10 months ago
kazakh licenxe would be his best shot
Alpe73 10 months ago
Mick, I sincerely thank you for the great sports entertainment, excitement you have provided over the years in a very demanding sport. I wish you more years of good riding, mate.
Silver Bullet 10 months ago
MATE!!!!! hail to thy consistency mr alpe
Evan Shaw 10 months ago
When a rider is about to be caught they should go race in China so they have an excuse
Pokerface07 10 months ago
Not sure why Cycling Australia is claiming they don't have jurisdiction over Rogers. Rogers still has an AUS licence number- therefore riding for Australia, despite buying his licence elsewhere. You buy your licence from your 'local' Federation, but you are responsible to your home Federation (the UCI code on your licence). I buy my race licence from British Cycling (I live in the UK) but race for Ireland and have and IRL UCI number. Ireland is therefore responsible for any disciplinary actions. Rogers may buy his licence from Switzerland or Italy, but races for AUS.
azureskies 10 months ago
great cyling hero mick. why hate on him, because he rode during armstrong era? true champiom mick.
wirral 10 months ago
Maximum sentences for Aussie Rules dopers too, particularly Essendon, the filthiest dopers in Australia.