American cyclist Tom Danielson, who ranked eighth in the 2011 Tour de France and second in 2014’s Tour of Colorado, is in trouble with dope tests again as he has tested positive for synthetic testosterone.
In October 2012, Danielson, a former teammate of Lance Armstrong (he also testified on the investigation at the time), had been suspended for six months by the USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) on doping charges but this time, he took to the social media to declare his innocence. Danielson now rides for the Cannondale Garmin team and was scheduled to participate in the Tour of Utah, starting Monday. Now however, he will have to skip the race, which he has won for the last two years (2013 and 2014), till the results arrive from the next sample, Sample B (the first sample that came back positive was taken on July 9).
His sponsors Cannondale-Garmin, the team, the USADA or the UCI (governing body of cycing) have yet to make any statement related to the dope test. The announcement came via Danielson’s Twitter account where he announced the results and protested his innocence. Expressing his frustration and resentment at the unexpected news, Danielson said, “Tonight has been one of the worst nights of my life. While I was eating dinner with my team the night before Tour of Utah I received a call from USADA notifying me that an out of competition test I gave July 9th has tested positive for, from what I understand, synthetic testosterone. I have not taken this or any other banned substance.”
He goes on to add, “I feel incredibly hurt, frustrated, and angry by this. I don’t understand how or why this happened and still can’t even accept this is true I would never ever take anything like this especially after everything I have gone through the last years. This makes absolutely no sense.”
Given his previous admission to doping in 2012, if the second sample returns positive, Danielson could be looking at an early retirement from his professional career.