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by Shane Stokes
November 7, 2015
Photography by Cor Vos
There has been complete radio silence on the Tom Danielson case since his positive A sample was revealed on August 3. Details remain scant, but USADA confirmed Friday that the rider had his B sample analysed months ago and the result was also positive.
“Given that Mr. Danielson has already spoken publicly about it, I can confirm that his adverse analytical finding was for an anabolic agent,” USADA spokesperson Annie Skinner told CyclingTips.
She said that once a positive A sample is confirmed for a rider, they have the option of either having the B sample examined or waiving that right.
“The “B” sample is tested as quickly as possible after the athlete is notified of the “A” sample. In Mr. Danielson’s case, the “B” sample was tested less than four days after the athlete was notified of the “A” sample positive.”
She said the results of that test confirmed the earlier finding.
Danielson himself has remained tight-lipped since August, as has his Cannondale-Garmin squad.
There has been unconfirmed suggestions that this delay is due to a investigation into claims of third-party tampering.
Efforts to reach Danielson have been unsuccessful.
Skinner said that she was unable to give an indication of when a final decision will be announced with regards to the case.
“It is important to note that there is a full, fair legal process in place, and all athletes are innocent unless and until it is proven otherwise through that process.”
Danielson is 37 years of age. He is a two-time Tour of Utah winner and also took the Tour of Qinghai Lake and the Tour de Langkawi. He was 8th in the 2011 Tour de France and also finished in the same position in the 2010 Vuelta a España.
Earlier in his career he was seventh and sixth in the 2005 and 2006 Vueltas, but was stripped of those results in 2012 when he admitted doping during that period.