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Confirming the news of Tom Danielson’s positive A test for synthetic testosterone, Jonathan Vaughters has said that the rider will be sidelined pending the results of his B sample.
The Cannondale-Garmin CEO issued a brief statement in the wake of Danielson’s earlier admission that there was a doping case against him.
“Tom Danielson notified Slipstream Sports that he was informed by USADA that he has returned an adverse analytical A sample using carbon isotope testing,” stated Vaughters.
“In accordance with Slipstream Sports’ zero tolerance anti-doping policy, he has been suspended from competition, effective immediately. He awaits the results his B sample.
“Slipstream respects and will adhere to the process of the anti-doping authorities and will not comment further.”
The US Anti Doping Agency told CyclingTips that the full procedure must run its course.
“We can confirm what Mr. Danielson has already reported, that he has had an adverse analytical finding. It is important to note that it is very early in the process and all athletes are innocent unless and until proven otherwise through the established legal process.
“We appreciate Mr. Danielson voluntarily removing himself from competition at this time.”
Danielson has been one of the longest serving members of the team, moving there in 2008 and competing as part of the squad for eight seasons.
He was due to start the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah Monday, with the race being one of his top season goals. He had won the past two editions.
However in the course of nine tweets, he explained why he was a last-minute withdrawal.
“Tonight has been one of the worst nights of my life,” Danielson he stated. “While I was eating dinner with my team the night before Tour of Utah I received a call [from] USADA notifying me that a out of competition test I gave July 9th has tested positive for, from what I understand, synthetic testosterone.”
He insisted he had not taken it or any other banned substance and described himself as “incredibly hurt, frustrated, and angry” at the situation.
Danielson served a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013 having admitted to blood doping while with the Discovery Channel team. That ban saw Danielson stripped of his results from between March 1, 2005 and September 23, 2006.
He referred to that in those tweets. “I would never ever take anything like this especially after everything I have gone through the last years. This makes absolutely no sense.”
Vaughters has stated in the past that a single positive test could threaten the future of the squad.