In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Updated: Fourteen months later, USADA hands Tom Danielson four-year sanction; UK Anti-Doping investigate Sir Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky; Former British Cycling head critical of Shane Sutton review panel; Dowsett and Cummings to race for Team GB in World Championships time trial; Annemiek Van Vleuten extends with ORICA-AIS; UCI announces applicants for WorldTour, ProContinenal licenses; Keegan Girdlestone continues long recovery; Ownership change at RCS Mediagroup could affect Italian races; Hamilton takes over yellow with stage win at Tour of Tasmania; Kiel Reijnen withdraws from World Championship; Podium Ambition Team will not register as UCI team in 2017; New Doha Cycling Team postpones start to 2018 due to earthquake in Italy; The Longest Journey; Little Trail Hunter.
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Fourteen months after he was first notified of an anti-doping violation, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has handed Tom Danielson a four-year sanction. In a statement on Thursday Danielson called this a reduced sanction because USADA accepted his claim that he had unintentionally taken a contaminated supplement. Later in the day USADA issued its own statement, contradicting Danielson, saying that he had never provided scientific evidence of a supplement contamination.
“The basis for this reduced ban is unintentional ingestion of DHEA as the result of contamination from a supplement containing Maca root,” Danielson wrote in a statement, provided to CyclingTips. “The manufacturer of this Maca root product also produces a supplement containing DHEA, in the same facility, and this is likely how the contamination occurred.”
In an emailed statement, provided by USADA spokesperson Ryan Madden, the agency disputed Danielson’s claim that he had received a reduced sanction due to proof that he had inadvertently ingested a contaminated supplement.
“At no point during USADA’s investigation were we presented with scientific evidence suggesting that Mr. Danielson’s positive test resulted from a contaminated product. The potential sanction length for this case ranged from six months to eight years, depending upon mitigating circumstances. Had Mr. Danielson been able to prove that his positive test resulted from a contaminated product, then a sanction length of less than four years could have been considered.”
“Any money I have spent on this case has only been used on research, not as a defense strategy — WADA rules for cases like mine are based on ‘strict liability’ and I must accept the punishment, despite unintentionally consuming a prohibited substance,” Danielson wrote. “The reason I invested countless months into determining the cause of this positive test was solely to help me find closure.”
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