Cyclist Blames Doping Results on Bad Chinese Food

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Blame it on the moo shu. Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

In a move somewhat reminiscent of the Jeremy Piven sushi defense, cyclist Michael Rogers says that some clenbuterol-laced meat he ate in China is most likely the reason he tested positive for doping. The three-time world time-trial champion had been traveling in China before competing at the Japan Cup, he explained, where he took the incriminating test. "I understand that it has been acknowledged by the World Anti-Doping Agency as well as other anti-doping bodies, that food contaminated with clenbuterol is a serious problem in China," he said. Though illegal, producers in China have been found guilty of using the substance, which produces leaner meat, as a feed additive. [Guardian, Related]