November 07, 2013 – Following Ryder Hesjedal’s and Michael Barry’s doping confessions it seems that another Canadian rider could be joining them according to an article in La Presse. A third Canadian is apparently named in the 1,000-page document assembled by USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) to nail Lance Armstrong says Paul Melia, CCES Chief Executive Officer and Secretary-Treasurer.
But Melia’s hands are tied says the article as the anti-doping agency signed confidentiality agreements with riders who were willing to confess including Hesjedal who recently admitted to doping following Michael Rasmussen’s claims about him and two other Canadians in his autobiography Gul Feber (Yellow Fever). The CCES expressed disappointment about Hesjedal in a statement saying that, “The CCES is disappointed that Mr. Hesjedal waited more than a decade to publicly disclose his past involvement in doping. His conduct has deprived many clean Canadian athletes from the opportunity to shine in the sport of cycling.”
On Nov. 5 it was announced that in response to Canadian athletes’ demands for a clean sport environment, the Government of Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) will contribute almost $1 million to the CCES. – listen to Olympic gold medalist Beckie Scott’s comments on the CCES contribution here.
Read the La Presse article in French here.
Thanks to Pedal’s Pasquale Stalteri for sending in this news.