The organisation responsible for the running of time trials in the UK has expressed its concern at the latest positive doping test. Cycling Time Trials (CTT) has admitted its concern at the latest positive doping case and confessed that it has no idea how many riders in the amateur scene are using performance-enhancing drugs.
It was announced on Thursday morning that Rob Townsend had tested positive for modafinil at a 100-mile event on September 5, just five weeks after Andrew Hastings also received a four-year ban for testing positive for steroid usage.
Gabriel Evans, the Junior National 10-mile champion, admitted to using EPO on the same day Hastings’ ban was released; Evans is still awaiting his sanction from UK Anti-Doping.
There were 44 doping tests – each costing CTT around £450 – at time trials in 2015, most taking place at National Championships events.
Nick Sharpe, CTT’s National Secretary, told Cycling Weekly that the latest positive test “doesn’t reflect well on cycling and sport generally”. When asked if there is just a small number of riders violating the rules, he responded “Who knows?”
“It’s fair to say that it has always been considered that doping in time trialing was very unlikely,” he said. […]