Todd Robertson - 15-Month Doping Suspension

This just in. Trying to get more information but it looks like a local master rider has been caught doping. This is form the USADA website:

US Cycling Athlete Accepts Sanction For Anti-Doping Rule Violation

March 30, 2012
USADA announced today that Todd Robertson of Boulder, Colo., an athlete in the sport of cycling, has accepted a 15 month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation and his competitive results from November 1, 2009, have been disqualified.

Robertson, 49, tested positive for a banned oxygen-enhancing peptide hormone as the result of a sample collected as part of USADA’s Out of Competition Testing Program on February 11, 2011. Oxygen-Enhancing Peptide Hormones 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’s 15 month period of ineligibility was reduced from the standard two-year period based on his providing Substantial Assistance under article 10.5.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code. Robertson began serving his sanction on February 14, 2011, while continuing to cooperate with USADA. As a result of the sanction, Robertson is also disqualified from all competitive results obtained on or subsequent to November 1, 2009, the date of his first use according to his admissions during the course of USADA’s investigation, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

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Skins Racing is not Todd Robertson

As a former Skins teammate of Todd's, I was happy to finally see this announcement, but was disappointed that it was reduced to 15 months, regardless of whether he helped USADA. Especially since "oxygen-enhancing peptide hormones" are now being considered for a 4 year suspension. It makes me sick and I wish he was never allowed to race again.

I have to say that it's bad enough to have to race against dopers in a very hard sport, but even worse when they're on your team and bring into question the integrity of everyone else on the team.

Dave Klein

You people need a hobby (that you are actually good at)

Good lord if you all don't wallow in your own insecurities. It's like listening to a bunch of liberals talk about Trayvon Martin when all the information they have is what they watched on CNN. Nobody outside of Todd and USADA knows anything at all about what happened and why. All you know is that he failed a drug test and served a 15 month suspension, and the drug test was on February of 2011. End of story. So unless you know for a fact that he was doping when he kicked all your asses in 2010, suck it up and admit the fact that perhaps he beat you all because he out-trains you and quite frankly might just be a better athlete. Or perhaps you need to believe that a local masters rider had a $2000 a month performance enhancing drug habit in order to win a few local races, just so you can feel better about your own inadequacies. The vast majority of competitive racers consume some sort of supplement in their diet to help increase their recovery and training efforts. And just so you know, a oxygen-enhancing peptide hormone can be found in over-the-counter supplements you take. So maybe you need to worry more about your own future drug test instead of Todd's. Oh wait, you usually have to be good enough to win a race before they drug test you...so perhaps you have nothing to worry about.

And as for the one retard (and yes that is politically correct) who suggested taking retribution into his own hands and "curbing" Todd, I just hope I am there when it happens. There are certainties in life, and pi**ing off a 6'3" Scottsman is a sure way to find out if your bike can be surgically removed from your colon. You are an idiot extraordinaire.

So back to my original point about perhaps we all just got beat by someone who out-trains us and is a superior athlete; life is just not fair. Nobody owes you the right to finish in the top 10 of a race just because you paid your $35 for a 50 minute crit. It is people like me who enjoy watching people like you get pulled in a race inside of the first 20 minutes, and then listening to you cry about you didn't get your monies worth. Suck it up and train harder, otherwise find a new hobby. One that you are actually good at.

Really??

Are you done with your rant???? How many out of competition tests occur with normal amateur athletes??? zero, to none. When did Joe Papp get busted and what did he say, 75% of all his clients were amateur masters riders.
Get your head out of the sand

I must admit, after having

I must admit, after having read the article linked to on Wolcott's site, that given his background as a pro volleyball player, I thought there's a good chance that much of his improvement could've been attributed to just being a pretty darn good naturally gifted athlete who couldn't figure out mass start racing at first, but when he did he did he was pretty dominant.

But, BUT... he still had the testers come to his home in an out-of-competition test, which leads me to believe he was under a fair bit of suspicion. And, before you say he may have gotten his "peptides" in an over-the-counter supplement, lets not forget that after he was caught he confessed to having doped for roughly a year and half. Sorry, but he was guilty and there's just no way to sugar coat that.

He wasn't tested because he won, he was tested because his name showed up on Papp's list or someone ratted on him or something like that. He didn't win any races that had testing on-site.

Please reread the press

Please reread the press release. It's pretty evident that he was indeed doping and not on accident.
"Robertson’s 15 month period of ineligibility was reduced from the standard two-year period based on his providing Substantial Assistance under article 10.5.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code. Robertson began serving his sanction on February 14, 2011, while continuing to cooperate with USADA."

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