The United States Anti Doping Agency in a press release announced that Peter Cannell of North Carolina has been suspended for two years following a positive result for the anabolic agent drostanolone in an out of competition test conducted April 16th, 2010. The positive result came from a urine sample collected as part of the USADA out of competition testing program.
Cannell admitted to previous use of an anabolic agent and as as result his results from February 6, 2007 to the present have been forfeited.
The USADA press release states that 37 year old Cannell accepted a two-year period of ineligibility for his doping offense, beginning on May 17, 2010, the day he accepted a provisional suspension. In a search of the USA Cycling website Cannell was a member of the Team Cannell Champion Training club. According to the site the club’s status expired in 2010. On the GamJams site Cannell has a coaching column offering time trial advice.
Cannell was the 2009 national masters time trial champion as well as the 2007 masters road race champion.
In a 2007 USA Cycling race report from the masters championships in Champion, Pennsylvania Cannell “powered ahead” to take the win. That power, unfortunately, came from the use of doping products.
Recently several master racers around the country have been suspended not only due to a positive doping test but also from information supplied to USADA by Joe Papp.
Papp is a former professional racer who pleaded guilty for conspiracy to distribute human growth hormone and recombinant eyrthropoietin imported from China.
Velonews.com reported in September 2010 that their sources have said anywhere from 15 to 25 masters, elite, and professional cyclists have been notified of non-analytical violations as a result of having allegedly conspired with Papp. Since then several master racers have been suspended.
It has not been reported that Cannell’s admission to previous doping violations prior to April 16th were due to collaboration with Papp.
Local blog Crank Zombie wrote in his August 11th post that USADA visited the Harrisburg Criterium in North Carolina. There was much speculation regarding why USADA appeared at this race.