CMU coach admits to doping two cyclists

Colorado Mesa University cycling coach Rick Crawford expressed deep regret Wednesday for providing performance-enhancing drugs to two professional cyclists under his tutelage between 1999 and 2001.

According to the university, Crawford’s position and salary will remain intact, but the university’s budding collegiate cycling team also will be overseen by the Grand Valley’s former professional cyclist, Scott Mercier.

According to terms set by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Crawford also will provide 500 hours of community service.

“We have to take responsibility and I’m taking responsibility,” Crawford said. “I am dedicated to advocating for anti-doping. I’ve been so humilated by this process.”

In an interview, Crawford said he provided EPOs to professional cyclist Levi Leipheimer and former professional cyclist Kirk O’Bee.

Crawford, who has been on CMU’s staff since late February, has coached several stellar cyclists in his career including Lance Armstrong, Leipheimer and Tom Danielson. Crawford continues to coach Danielson and other professional cyclists. Crawford also coached Durango’s successful Fort Lewis College cycling team for eight years starting in 2001, during which time the team earned national championships each year.

Read the full story in Thursday’s Daily Sentinel.


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