Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 8, 2016

Today’s CT Daily News Digest: Herrada times finishing kick to perfection to win Dauphiné stage, Contador keeps yellow; Domagalski doubles One Pro Cycling’s wins in Korea; Keagan Girdlestone stable in battle for survival; New gene doping test likely to be in use for Rio Olympics; Danielson on USADA case: My positive test is consistent with supplement contamination; Human rights groups call for UCI to reject Bahrain Cycling Team; Guarnier extends Women’s WorldTour lead; Australian crit champ Mackay signs with Hagens Berman-Supermint; 2016 Gran Fondo New York by the numbers; Tinkoff team chef quits over ‘inexcusable behaviour’ by owner; Dauphiné stage 2 highlights; Dan Martin, Richie Porte after Critérium du Dauphiné stage 1; Armitstead talks about what it takes to be the best; Ted King on winning the Dirty Kanza; Contador locked out of team bus

Danielson on USADA case: My positive test is consistent with supplement contamination

by Neal Rogers

On Tuesday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced that the American Arbitration Panel had granted a motion to postpone the arbitration hearing for Tom Danielson, who returned an adverse finding for “an anabolic agent” in a sample provided on July 9.

Danielson’s counsel requested the postponement in order to conduct further analysis of supplements he was using at the time of sample collection. He will remain provisionally suspended, and the hearing originally scheduled for June will move to a yet-to-be-determined date in the fall.

None of this was news to Danielson, who has spent nearly a full year trying to determine how a banned substance entered his bloodstream since learning of it on August 2, while at the race hotel for the Tour of Utah, where he was prepared to defend his 2014 title.

It’s a difficult defense to establish, both scientifically, in front of an arbitration panel, and politically, in the court of public opinion — Danielson served a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013, after admitting to blood doping while with the Discovery Channel team from 2005 through 2007.

Asked for comment, Danielson issued a statement to CyclingTips, saying that his test result is consistent with supplement contamination, while acknowledging that under WADA Code, athletes are held to the principle of strict liability — each athlete is strictly liable for the substances found in his or her body, and that an anti-doping rule violation occurs whenever a prohibited substance (or its metabolites or markers) is found, whether or not the athlete intentionally or unintentionally used a prohibited substance or was negligent or otherwise at fault.

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