The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced on Wednesday that 66 year-old amateur cyclist, USA Cycling Official and 2019 USA National Sprint Champion Robert Pelegrin from Torrence, California has been suspended for 1 year after testing positive for the banned substance Anastrozole.
The test was conducted at the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships on 30 August 2019 where Pelegrin won the Men’s 65-69 Sprint title.
Anastrozole is usually prescribed to treat cancer, but is banned in sport because it blocks estrogen production and helps prevent side effects from developing when using anabolic steroids.
Pelegrin’s 1-year suspension is more procedural than punitive since it started 30 August 2019 and has already ended. More interesting is USADA disqualifying all his competitive results from 23 July 2015 through 30 August 2019, including results obtained at the 2017 amateur UCI World Championships where he also officiated. USADA typically applies a retroactive penalty when they can prove the date an athlete started using a banned substance.
USA Cycling has not commented on the status of Pelegrin’s license to officiate at races.