I’m not a very ‘in the know’ guy, but I actually heard this name last summer. The broke this afternoon and I wanted to take a quick moment to get on my soapbox.
First, there are a few answers in this interview from 2009 (Questions 6 and 10). He references doping twice in his interview, including Michael Rasmussen, who was kicked out of the 2007 TdF. Rasmussen violated strict whereabouts reporting as required for pro cyclists to be available for random out of competition drug testing.
Speaking of random out of competition testing, which is said to have nabbed Robertson: From following the news over the years, I can tell you that USADA spends its amateur anti-doping dollars very carefully and doesn’t seem to perform testing on amateurs without thinking that the efforts will bare fruit. It seems that when there is evidence someone may be doping, the testers show up.
I’ve spoken on the topic a time or two before, but in contrast to Robertson’s half joking doping references, I will directly approach the subject of doping and cheating. I don’t dope. I don’t take any vitamins or supplements. I eat food, drink coffee, eat Clif products, and my own recovery drink. Doping is a constant drag on cycling as a sport. I realize the constant bad press is an unfortunate side effect of continued anti-doping efforts, but the bad news is necessary to help stigmatize practices which some people seem to think are OK.
I want to take a stand against doping and be an example of what someone can achieve with hard work and dedication. The of world class professionals are helping change the culture for the better as well. Hopefully this recent bad news will continue to show that cycling won’t tolerate dopers at any level of the sport.