Adam Bergman Comes Clean
Almost two years ago, I tested positive for EPO. Until now, I
have not been a strong enough person to admit to taking EPO. I never denied the
charges, but I hid behind the fact that the test results were not entirely
clear, and Ihoped that I might be able to get off on a technicality.
It is time to tell the truth. I did it. I experimented with the
drug EPO when I was preparing for the Tour de Georgia. This admission has been
a long time in coming, and I should have done it a lot sooner. It seemed
easier to say the test is bad or blame it on someone else's error than to admit
the truth. I made a big mistake when I tried EPO, and I made matters even
worse by not having the courage to admit that mistake. My family raised me to
be a better person then that.
Being honest at this point canít change what I did. If some
other young cyclist is facing difficult personal problems or hardships,
however, I hope that my experience might help them deal with lifeís challenges
in a better way. Iím not going to elaborate on the personal difficulties I
was going through, because at the end of the day they are just excuses.
No excuse justifies what I did. If someday someone else is struggling with
problems and is tempted to take the easy way out by cheating my plea to you
is donít do it. Even if youíre luckier than I was and donít get caught, and even
if you think it will help you get through a tough time, its not worth it. You
have to deal with your conscience the rest of your life.
I know I can never fully restore my good name, and maybe thatís
how it should be. I knew the consequences were real and I have to take full
responsibility for my actions. What is so sad for me personally is that beyond
the damage to my personal reputation, cycling is the sport I love and I only
added damage to its reputation.
If anything good comes of this experience, maybe it can show
others that drugs have absolutely no positive outcomes. What I did not only ruined
my career and personal life in every single aspect but I hurt a lot of other
people. My selfish act tarnished the reputation of my sponsors, teammates
and manager. I know its too late, but I apologize to them personally. This has
been a hard lesson for me, but its one I deserved, and one I would never
wish on anyone.
I am in my second and final year of suspension (as well as
continuing with USADA's out of competition testing program) and am looking
forward to competing again, clean, in the sport I love. Though it maybe
hard, I hope that one day people can forgive me for what I have done. I don't
ask anyone to forget because I know I never will myself.
Adam will be free to return to racing in July of 2006 after finishing his 2
Birth date: 8/30/80
Age: 24 yrs
peloton Interview 2004
New kid on the
Block interview 2003