National 12-hour time trial champion, Robin Townsend, was banned for four years after testing positive for a banned stimulant An amateur cyclist banned from cycling for four years after testing positive for a prohibited substance has said his drink was spiked.
National 12-hour time trial champion, Robin Townsend, was handed a four-year ban by UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after testing positive for the stimulant modafinil after a race last year.
The in-competition test was taken after Townsend finished ninth at the Burton and District Cycling Alliance 100 Miles event, on 5 September 2015, which he was riding for Team Swift. However, the 46-year-old claims his drink was spiked by a rival.
Townsend said the “only explanation” he could provide was that the positive test was caused by the “spiking” of his bottle while he left his bike unattended during registration for the event.
The alleged “spiker”, who has not been named, sent Townsend’s partner, Denise Bayliss, what UKAD called a “deeply unpleasant and threatening” text message on Sept 30, 2014, reading: “you ignorant bastard. [redacted]. That little c*** is only 2 minutes behind me now. I’m going to tear you and him apart. F***ing lock your doors as I am going to come […]