Stuart O'Grady says he has nothing to confess in terms of first-hand experience of performance-enhancing drug use. Photo: Getty Images
STUART O'Grady, already interviewed once by Australia's Anti-Doping Authority, anticipates facing a further round of questioning as part of the government body's investigation into doping in cycling.
Grady, Australia's most experienced road professional, told Fairfax Media he supported the inquiry and said he had nothing to confess in terms of first-hand experience of performance-enhancing drug use.
A pro on the European circuit since 1995 and now a leader of Australia's Orica-GreenEDGE team, O'Grady was interviewed by ASADA recently in Adelaide and admitted it was challenging. ''I think it's good that they're doing the investigation. They need to,'' he said.
''They need to get all the information they can and then analyse it all, and hopefully then they'll realise that certainly at an Australian level it wasn't anywhere near as bad as they think it is - that's just my view - and then we can move on.
''They've got a lot of questions which have been fuelled by the USADA 1000-page document. So they're asking very point-blank questions, which is hard for me to swallow. You've been around a long time, you've achieved a lot of stuff and you're answering questions which you basically have no idea about. But whatever helps clear up this situation … I think we should all help out as much as we can.
''I am probably going to have another [interview with ASADA]. I'm quite happy to talk about everything relevant, but I also got asked questions which I had absolutely no idea about. I have been around a long time, but I've been around a long time because luckily I'm a gifted bike rider."