Two-time defending Tour of Utah champ Tom Danielson fails doping test

By August 3, 2015Bike
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Two-time Tour of Utah champion Tom Danielson will be unable to defend his title at this year’s race. Sunday night, he announced via Twitter that received a phone call from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notifying him of his failed drug test.

36-year-old Danielson claims this is a huge mistake. He tweets, “I would never ever take anything like this especially after everything I have gone through the last years. This makes absolutely no sense.”

According to the USADA, Danielson tested positive for synthetic testosterone, a result that would lead to a lifetime ban in the sport if confirmed by his B sample. However, this is not Danielson’s first experience with the USADA. In 2012, he served a six-month suspension for doping, a charge to which he admitted. At the time, Danielson rode for the Discovery Channel team- the former team of Lance Armstrong.

Danielson said the “supplements” he is taking might have triggered the positive result. “I feel incredibly hurt, frustrated, and angry by this,” he said in a tweet. “I don’t understand how or why this happened and still can’t even accept this is true.”

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  • Hector says:

    No shit we all are innocent Daniel. Another blemish for cycling fans. Just waiting to see from this years Tour de France who will be reported as being positive.

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