USADA announces sanction of Boulder-based masters rider

Todd Robertson accepts reduced sanction after providing assistance to USADA

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Friday announced the sanction of Boulder, Colorado-based masters rider Todd Robertson.

According to a USADA release, Robertson, 49, accepted a 15-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation and has lost his results from November 1, 2009 to the date of the sanction. Robertson tested positive for an oxygen-enhancing peptide hormone in an out-of-competition sample collected on February 11, 2011.

Robertson received a reduced ban due to “providing ‘Substantial Assistance’ under article 10.5.3 of the World Anti-Doping Code.” He began serving his suspension on February 14, 2011, meaning Robertson will be free to return to competition on May 15, 2012.

While Robertson’s positive test occurred February 11, 2011, he forfeited results dating back a further 15 months based on his “first use according to his admissions during the course of USADA’s investigation.”

Robertson is the latest in a line of Boulder-based riders to face USADA scrutiny after Tom Zirbel, former pro Phil Zajicek and elite masters rider Chuck Coyle were sanctioned between late 2009 and mid-2011. Zajicek accepted a lifetime ban for his second offense.