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Report: Horner misses post-Vuelta anti-doping test

Stephen Farrand
September 16, 2013, 09:07,
September 16, 2013, 14:45
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, September 16, 2013
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RadioShack claims testers went to the wrong hotel

Spanish newspapers AS and Marca have reported that Vuelta a Espana winner Chris Horner (Radioshack-Leopard) has missed a surprise out of competition anti-doping test in Madrid after the testing officials were unable to locate him early on Monday morning. However the RadioShack-Leopard team has said the anti-doping testers went to the wrong hotel, after Horner changed his ADAMS whereabouts information on Sunday before the final stage of the Vuelta.

According to reports anti-doping inspectors from the Spanish Anti-doping Agency were asked to do the test by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) but when they arrived at the Hotel Princesa in Madrid, where the rest of the team was staying, Horner was not there. They apparently visited a second hotel but were unable to find the American rider.

The RadioShack-Leopard team has reacted angrily to the reports in the Spanish media, saying that Horner updated his whereabouts information before the start of Sunday's final stage, specifying he would stay in a different hotel. It seems that Horner opted to stay in another hotel in central Madrid with his wife rather than stay in the hotel with the rest of the team. The team say Horner specified the name of hotel and even his room number when he updated his ADAMS information.

The team suggested the Spanish anti-doping inspectors failed to use latest ADAMS whereabouts information and went to the wrong hotel rather than Horner missing an out of competition test.

“There is no problem. The USADA went to the wrong hotel. They went to the team hotel but he is in another hotel. He had mentioned this in his ADAMS. They should do their administration more correctly than they did. They need to check their whereabouts too,” press spokesman Philippe Maertens told Cyclingnews.

Cyclingnews understands that Horner is now traveling back to the USA with his wife via Valencia.

RadioShack-Leopard said they angry about the leak to the Spanish media and plan to issue a full statement as soon as possible.

Under anti-doping rules, if Horner is unable to explain and justify the missed test, it could be officially declared a 'no-show'. Under anti-doping rules, three 'no shows' in a period of 18 months can lead to an athlete being banned.

bikebandit More than 1 year ago
hmmm. maybe he went home?
wheel chaser More than 1 year ago
Is there any wonder why the spanish have problems with doping. The tools they do have they don't use.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
I'll tell you what's a that so many posters here couldn't even read through the first paragraph before jumping to make their comment. The second heading explains what happened. And then the second sentence of the article goes into more detail. Granted, the posts are great entertainment with all the bickering, but come on folks, even hiding behind pseudonyms, you lose credibility for future posts if you are unable to even read the article before spewing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The problem lies in the lack of information. what is the second hotel they visited? Is it the one CH listed in his updated ADAMS? If so, why wasn't he there and why when the testers contacted the team did they not call him? Now he's conveniently on a plane home and can't be tested for another day or so. Given the credibility problems cycling has and the questions about his recent vuelta performance, you would think the team would be going out of their way to make sure he's available for any and all testing.
bikerbruce More than 1 year ago
nonymous, you're right. But it looks more like a case of keystone cops or amateur hour by the Spanish. It is interesting that the decision to change hotels or report his change came so late. And why not stay with the team, just get a separate room for he and his wife. Maybe it was full, but was there no suite or anything to accommodate rather than move all his stuff for just a night or two? Oh well, the story will continue. Meanwhile, if Travis is on his trail, let's hope Chris is clean. I am a fan of Chris and loath Tygart, but for better or worse, Tygart is one thorough, shrewd, and relentless pursuer of big name dopers.
geezer More than 1 year ago
Well who did the testing for the Vuelta? Was it the Spanish testers or the UCI accredited testers? He was more than likely tested after the summit finish on Saturday and again as winner of the Vuelta on Sunday, the poor fellow most likely felt like a pin cushion by the time it was all over! and felt he could relax with his family . I was absolutely riveted to the TV on Saturday watching the final uphill stage, Neither Nibali or Horner left anything on that mountain top, thanks guys for an absolutely fantastic stage.
Sephiroth More than 1 year ago
Just to second bruce: PLEASE READ THE ARTICLE before commenting. Chris Horner actually updated his whereabouts roughly 24h before they checked him. Don't jump to conclusions without reading.
pedalturner More than 1 year ago
I did read the WHOLE article and I'm still suspicious. Am I supposed to believe that because the "team is outraged and going to issue a statement" that there isn't a problem? There were 180 or so other riders who didn't have problems notifying anti-doping officials of their whereabouts and you're going to try and make the point that it's just a mix-up? You can accept his excuse at face value and bury your head in the sand if you want more of the last 20 years in cycling.
drfunk000 More than 1 year ago
I'm definitely suspicious as to why the Spanish chose to leak this information, particularly if it's very easy to prove that he notified USADA of the change in hotel. As far as the "180 other riders" I'd love to know of any that happened to receive a random drugs test the morning after the Vuelta? It's probably one of the dumbest times I can imagine to run a drugs test - unless you are trying to find someone who likes a little Columbian marching powder.
Mike Zobel More than 1 year ago
Too fast again for the competition:-)
Dedelou More than 1 year ago
this is the best comment of the day
objectif More than 1 year ago
and so it begins
kikone More than 1 year ago
Surprise, surprise.......I thought we should have waited for years for that. Nibali is the moral winner of the Vuelta.
kingkeirin More than 1 year ago
What a foolish comment. Nibali's not the moral winner of anything. And Horner isn't the moral loser either. Is there reason to be skeptical nowadays? Sure. But casting aspersions when there's been no positive test yet is ridiculous. If he were to get busted, it would already be in the process of happening due to the dope tents right after the stages. If what Radioshack says is true, WADA and other governing bodies will see it and tell the Spanish folks to pay attention to the ADAMS report and when it is updated. If Radioshack is full of it, we'll know soon enough if a report comes out saying that the ADAMS logs weren't filled out at all by Radioshack. But to condemn without all the facts is presumptuous and wrong. Where I come from it's innocent until proven guilty. Not the other way around.
whittashau More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's perfectly natural for a 42 year old to ride up climbs faster than almost anyone before him including past dopers. It's perfectly normal for a 42 year old to be that explosive and consistent. There are many other examples across many sports, such as........umm?
Adam Fo More than 1 year ago
Ultra distance marathon runners often peak in their 40's.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Cyclists do not.... hence a cyclist older than 36 has never won a GT before Horner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But they don't put in life time best performances after being out most of the year with a knee injury.
sbroaddus More than 1 year ago
Horner is NOT explosive, he's got a diesel engine on a climber's body. Nibali is far more explosive than Horner and he proved it on the penultimate stage by being able to gap Horner repeatedly on L'Angliru... problem is Horner was very well prepared for this Vuelta and Nibali was coming off of a long vacation, and as he admitted himself, he underestimated Horner.
SheepFarmer More than 1 year ago
"Moral panic" is an intense feeling expressed in a population about an issue that appears to threaten the social order. Certainly PED use in the past leaves cycling fans unsure of what to believe. However, it seems that the screw up was USADA's fumble on information Horner provided to its automated system... and this kind of screw up just stokes the fires for the self appointed, divinely guided inquisitors in these posts to decide who are the witches in need of burning at the stake. If mass hysteria, collective obsessional behavior and moral panic are enough to condemn a rider, then by all means, light the pyre for Horner. If were are rather believe "innocent until proven guilty" is a bed rock principle, then it is best to save the moral outrage until later and avoid calling for a witch must be burned without delay.
rogwen More than 1 year ago
Has everyone forgotten how well Sean Kelly performed and at what age?
kikone More than 1 year ago
"Where I come from it's innocent until proven guilty. Not the other way around." You mix ordinary justice with sport justice where the burden of the proof is the other way round.
geekonabike More than 1 year ago
'Mama don't let your babies grow up to athletes' - famous yellow journalist Waylon Jennings
Scott Miner More than 1 year ago
Good lord, you didn't need much.
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
What is a moral winner?
objectif More than 1 year ago
Scarponi, Schleck ...
rhodescl More than 1 year ago
Another name for moral winner is "loser". It's what happens when political correctness takes over and people are called winners for their perceived effort rather than their actual achievements.
rickpaulos More than 1 year ago
"Nibaldi's not the moral winner of anything"? But he did really win stage 1 (team time trial). Do you mean a stage win isn't a "moral win"? Are you saying stage wins don't mean anything at all? Tell Cav & Sagan and Hinult and Eddy that.
Michael Addiscott More than 1 year ago
A stage win doesn't make him a moral winner of a stage race. It makes him a genuine stage winner. He rode the Vuelta like a true champion, but was beaten by a better climber in a race that had a number of mountain top finishes. It's sad to see appreciation of great racing being compromised by trolls and cynics.
kikone More than 1 year ago
hornermrode in motogp not cycling
ianfra More than 1 year ago
There could be a simple explanation for this. "Surprise test" it says in the news report. The guy has just been hammering it for 3 weeks, he went home. Why hang about in yet another hotel????????? There are numerous possibilities - including those suggested by the cynics - but don't condemn a man for something you know nothing about.
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
The problem is not where he was. That was of his chosing. The problem is tha he was not where he had said he was going to be (or at least where the authorities understood he was going to be, so if it's all a matter of the authorities having read a not updated whereabouts report, then there's no news)
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
Better to just spout opinion rather than actually read anything. Would it help if cyclingnews changed to a 140 character max?
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
Why are you being so aggresive? I read the article, I also, as it happens, read the As article. I simply answered a comment and tried to clarify ianfra's understanding of the situation. Made no judgement about Horner or anyone. What exaclty is your gripe with my comment?
tyhsia More than 1 year ago
Because you jump to conclusions and being an idiot. Horner clearly updated his whereabouts per regulation AND received confirmation. He WAS indeed at where he said where he was going to be!
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
tyhsia, And what conclusions did I jump to? Please read before feeling so grand as to feel you can start calling people names. I'm simply explaining a process "if this, then that". I'm also being careful to point out that if the problem was one of information not getting to the Spanish Anit-doping agency, then there's no news. I don't think I'm even guilty of inuendo. An appology for the insulting way you refer to me would be in order.
Michael Addiscott More than 1 year ago
Firstly, under the circumstances, how can you blame Horner for wanting to bail out of a room shared with a team mate and spend it with his wife instead? And good for him for taking part in a "night stage" after the official race ended. Next, There is a protocol for changes to the whereabouts information to be made. Apparently those changes were filed according to the regulations. In such a circumstance Horner would be exactly where he said he would and was therefore available for testing. If the testers did not go to the location he specified Horner was not at fault, and was clearly not hiding. Incompetence by the testers can hardly be interpreted as guilt on the part of the athlete. Third, the big issue here is the missed test being leaked without all of the mitigating facts that apparently exist.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
rasmussen got throw out of a Tour de France because he said he was in Mexico rather than somewhere else
bing181 More than 1 year ago
Typical of the BS that gets thrown round at moments like this. Rasmussen didn't get thrown out of the TDF, his team withdrew him and fired him on the spot after various allegations surfaced. Very different. And that was on the back of a series of "no-shows" (not just one) for which he was banned from the national team (but not from racing) by the Danish Cycling Union.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
I am aware of Rasmussen story, hence i said he got thrown out of the TdF (by Rabobank )
SourKraut More than 1 year ago
Wow. Thanks for the isolated fact. One time a guy did something and then something else happened. Did you hear about that one?
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
My turn. It would be nice if you tuned down your tone. Ut'd make for a better, more civilised, discussion
Glyn Roberts More than 1 year ago
They have to make their whereabouts known, hammering it for 3 weeks or not, they have to be available for testing. People want a cleaner sport, and the testing regime like this needs to exist, it doesn't allow any time to get out of the glowtime that many PED's have. Possibilities or not don't exist in anti doping, if you're not around you have something to hide is the assumption.
Otis Farnsworth More than 1 year ago
Surely as the winner, he must have had been automatically tested post-race anyway?
OldAussie More than 1 year ago
Who's to say he wasn't? Facts go a long way.
Michele More than 1 year ago
He did the post race test surely, but the ones in the report are Usada.
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
Not implying anything or accusing horner, however Cyclists are usually discovered to be doping after random and surprise tests. They know how to beat scheduled tests
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yes but keep in mind that test results take some time to come back and being tested doesn't mean tested for everything. We saw that in the TDF with the ridiculously low number of EPO tests. For the USADA to request a test like this makes one wonder if they had some inside information.
Lexman More than 1 year ago
even for a surprise test, not bein' where he's supposed to be puts him in troubles with his whereabouts.... ask Chicken ;-) the downfall has started ...
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
atleast read the article before commenting.. The article clearly says that Horner CHANGED/UPDATED his whereabouts sunday. Ofc this is only a claim by the team, but if Radioshack was lying, it would be pretty easy to actually check his ADAMS whereabouts for the system, which suggests that Radioshack is telling the truth
Lexman More than 1 year ago
so why wasn't he where he was supposed to be?
rastymick More than 1 year ago
He was exactly where he was supposed to be - at the location that corresponds with his ADAMS data. He was already tested as winner of the race and then USADA decided to test him again - did they expect him to inject something once the race was finished - maybe to perform better at the post race celebration? To me it seems like, some people can't stand that he won and they fabricated something - the testers don't correctly check the updated location data, they immediately leak the information to the press... and here we go - the entire story seems a bit fishy to me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Again. Not every test is for every substance. And the testers went to a second, un-named hotel and Horner wasn't there either. The article doesn't say if that was the hotel he listed or not. Why did his team not make it clear where he was at and why didn't they call him to let him know the testers were coming. Seems that it would have been easy to resolve this whole situation before it became an issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The article also clearly says that the testers went to a second hotel and he wasn't there either. What was that second hotel?
Glyn Roberts More than 1 year ago
Exactly, it's a none story till this is disclosed.
Gary333 More than 1 year ago
I believe he already checked out of the "second" hotel and was on the way to or at the airport getting ready to fly home. The testers did not arrive in time before he had left for the airport. The testing window leaves very little room for error, just an hour. So by the time they got the correct info 30-45 mins could have already passed before they had to pack their gear and drive to the correct hotel. And who knows how long that could have taken? That being said, why weren't the testers notified by USADA or why didn't they check the ADAMS database before they initially started. Sounds like a protocol concern.
kikone More than 1 year ago
Thinking mallicously is a sin but very often you guess. To me the Angliru at that speed was already a failed surprise test and i follow cycling since Gimondi.....
Andrea Cerri More than 1 year ago
Agreed, expecially from an average rider like Horner, well past his prime...
mspgrandi More than 1 year ago
The guy is 42... Nibali Contador Indurain Armstron Evans Ullrich Sastre Sanchez would not be able to go that fast at 35!
Sephiroth More than 1 year ago
Read the article, he was where he claimed to be. Updated his whereabouts roughly 24 hours before they came to test him. So its a failure from the anti doping agencies.
philpaque More than 1 year ago
From what I saw on the climbs, Horner sat in the wheels of his competition and only attacked near the finishes. He did not make long, sustained solo attacks. A panache-free ride.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Sure. Makes a lot of sense to suspect he juices himself up immediately after that big win.
Gary333 More than 1 year ago
MoshPit More than 1 year ago
I hate cycling fans more than anything else on this planet.
Luis Vivanco More than 1 year ago
For me, that space is secured by people who drive too slow in the passing lane.
bertfivesix More than 1 year ago
The CyclingNews comments section, reaching new lows of reading comprehension on a daily basis.
jb1989 More than 1 year ago
These aren't cycling fans...these are cycling speculation fans!
federalski More than 1 year ago
Couldn't someone from Radioshack at the first hotel have given him a phone for them, or told the inspectors of the hotel he was staying in themselves. Seems to be a half a story this...
wee westy More than 1 year ago
Absolutely agree - something is wrong here. Irrespective of the ADAMS issue, which was so recently updated I can understand it being missed, you can't tell me that no other team members or staff didn't know which hotel he was in with his wife. Why would the testers go to another hotel unless they were told which one, so that in itself raises another element of suspicion. I'm not saying he's necessarily guilty of anything here, but there seems to have been some deliberate or accidental misinformation given to the testers, or given very late, which has a distinct odour of what went on in the previous incarnations of this team. Worrying, very much so!
Andrea Cerri More than 1 year ago
Yeah, correct analysis. Without pointing my finger there's something really strange going on here...
rastymick More than 1 year ago
It doesn't work like that - the testers have a specific location, they go there and if the rider isn't at the location, they simply leave. They don't ask other people where they can get hold of the rider, they don't drive around and check various hotels or restaurants. To me this seems like an effort to discredit Horner - especially as the story was immediately leaked to the press, normally this never happens. Something strange is going on here.
Sephiroth More than 1 year ago
yep yer right. He updated somewhat late, but nowadays everyone checks their emails at least every 12h. So it wasnt a last min change in my opinion. So dont blame him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Article clearly states that they then went to a second hotel and he wasn't there either. Why did they go there? Was that his updated hotel? Did the team direct them to go there? And why didn't the team call Horner to let him know before he jumps on a plane the next day.
rastymick More than 1 year ago
The article actually says: "They apparently visited a second hotel but..." - why apparently? did they go or did they not? As I mentioned, testers usually don't drive around to check at different locations This "apparently..." sounds again a bit like an attempt to discredit Horner.