Tom Danielson – banned for six months in the wake of the United States Anti-doping Agency’s investigation into Armstrong’s US Postal Service and Discovery Channel teams – has been suspended by his Cannondale-Garmin team, but is pleading his innocence, saying the result ‘makes no sense’.
In a series of posts on Twitter, the 35-year-old American wrote: “Tonight (Sunday night) has been one of the worst nights of my life. While I was eating dinner with my team the night before the Tour of Utah I received a call.
“USADA has notifyied me that an out-of-competition test I gave July 9th has tested positive for, from what I understand, synthetic testosteron (sic).
“I’ve not taken this or any other banned substance.
“I spoke with them and my team and I will have to sit out the Tour of Utah as I wait for the B sample as well as look into all the possible ways that could have produced this result.
“I would never ever take anything like this especially after everything I have gone through the last years. This makes absolutely no sense. I will now, as I wait for the B test, have the supplements I take tested to see if this is what caused it. 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.”
Cannondale-Garmin’s parent company Slipstream Sports added in a statement: “Tom Danielson notified Slipstream Sports that he was informed by USADA that he has returned an adverse analytical A sample using carbon isotope testing.
“In accordance with Slipstream Sports’ zero tolerance anti-doping policy, he has been suspended from competition, effective immediately.
“He awaits the results of his B sample.
“Slipstream respects and will adhere to the process of the anti-doping authorities and will not comment further.”
l Movistar cycling team have announced that Tour de France runner-up Nairo Quintana will race in the Spanish Vuelta.
The Colombian climber will be joined by former Vuelta champion Alejandro Valverde, who finished third at this summer’s Tour.
Movistar will announce its complete team “in a few days’ time.”
The Vuelta is the third grand tour of the summer after the Giro d’Italia and the Tour. The three-week race begins on 22 August in the southern coastal town of Puerto Banus.
Quintana crashed out of last year’s Vuelta following his victory at the 2014 Giro.