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USADA not counting Horner's anti-doping control as missed

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Cycling News
Published:
September 16, 2013, 18:33,
Updated:
September 16, 2013, 20:26
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First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Race:
Vuelta a España
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Spanish testers not updated with latest whereabouts

The US Anti-Doping Agency today confirmed that it would not consider the incident which led recent Vuelta a España winner Chris Horner to not be located by anti-doping controllers as a "missed test".

Spokesperson Annie Skinner stated today that Horner had updated his whereabouts properly, but the updated information was not relayed to the Spanish doping control officer.

"In response to public statements from Team RadioShack today concerning Chris Horner, USADA can confirm that we were coordinating an out-of-competition test with the Agencia Española de Protección de la Salud en el Deporte (AEA) while Mr. Horner was in Spain. Mr. Horner properly updated his whereabouts information in advance of the test attempt, but given that the information was received in the U.S., the AEA doping control officer on the ground in Spain did not receive the updated information prior to arriving at the hotel.

"This is not considered a missed test and neither anti-doping organization provided information to the media regarding this situation. USADA has a strong collaborative relationship with AEA and thanks them for our on-going partnership in protecting the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes."

The American came under scrutiny as he closed in on becoming the oldest rider to win a Grand Tour by several years, with many questioning how a rider of that age could best champions a decade or more younger.

Less than 24 hours after Horner emerged victorious from the Spanish tour, the media in that country published reports of Horner missing a doping control.

The RadioShack team was quick to respond that the fault was that of the testers, and not Horner, going so far as to issue a screen grab of the rider's whereabouts update to USADA.

Horner is set to compete with the US national team at the UCI road world championships in Florence, Italy next.

Rhapsody More than 1 year ago
"neither anti-doping organization provided information to the media regarding this situation." Then how did the media obtain the information?
icvbram More than 1 year ago
That is a very good question. . . . Obviously someone is trying to cover up their tracks.
Beech Mtn More than 1 year ago
Possibly some hotel staff witnessed the testers arriving and not being able to find Horner, then leaked it to the press? Who else would've been likely to be awake at 6-7 in the morning?
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
Hotel staff could give two hoots about USADA and cyclists and PED testing. The leak didn't come from the hotel staff.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Could not give two hoots perhaps.
Michael Addiscott More than 1 year ago
I don't know what bianch1885, or anyone else posting does for a living, but the buzz about this fiasco is gaining more interest than the racing did. If some third party, not related directly to cycling figures they can sell some info to the media, or if someone just wants to feel important by stirring the Horner's nest then why wouldn't they? All of us reading or posting on this are demonstrating public interest and that, yes, maybe hotel staff could have been responsible, or a taxi driver, or who knows who? The story made it to the media and someone was behind it.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Really, hotel staff? So in this theory the hotel staff at the first hotel confirmed with the hotel staff at the second hotel that the tester showed up and could not find Horner at 6am, then together sold it to the media. Right. So both these staff members of separate hotels knew the timing and inner workings of international drug testing and witnessed the tester knock on both doors and not find the subject, and then to contact one another in a city of millions of people and collaborate on selling a story to the media. Or..........The tester sold the story I've been on your side USADA but this statement is obviously untrue. You will have to do better With the information printed the only possible source was the tester himself
gattboy More than 1 year ago
got to say, that the story at this point, makes the Spanish authorities look a little clueless so I doubt they were the ones who leaked... also I tend to agree that most hospitality staffers probably would not have the whole story and so probably wouldn't leak either... it really looks like a USADA job, ie: Horner "tricked" us by "missing" the test we ordered, so we're going to "trick" him by telling everyone even before the facts are in. That would also explain all the pro-AEA statements in the press release, which almost reads like an apology around there. Like, USADA ordered the test and then embarrassed AEA by releasing info on the screwup, so now they better apologze!
wagman67 More than 1 year ago
C'mon, it was clearly Colonel Mustard, in the Library, with the Lead Pipe....
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
It was hotel staff. Confirmed
deemfingtee More than 1 year ago
unless they were given a small incentive...
Rita La Negrita More than 1 year ago
Except that according to Spanish media, there was no record of him on the other hotel either....
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
Reservation was under his wife's name. That might explain why they don't have a record for him.
Lucifa More than 1 year ago
Yes it was. Horner.
timcupery More than 1 year ago
I don't think his wife uses Horner as her last name
Spot Finder More than 1 year ago
The media are still crawling all over Madrid trying to get more statements from anyone who will stop to talk to them. It's very likely that there was some press person(s) hanging out at the hotel, witnessed the confusion of the testing officials, and figured out Horner was not there. Simple. Facts. Enough to go to press with. PERIOD. Scoop the other papers/press with a hot, true story. It's about readership my friends.
philpaque More than 1 year ago
This is most likely what happened. The cycling media know that the riders prefer early morning testing windows because it's easiest to ensure being in the designated location at the specified time.
patrick24 More than 1 year ago
Extremely lucky guess.....
StLouPSU More than 1 year ago
What 'leak'? RST's communications officer reported this to the press when USADA/ASA started barking up Chris' tree about the confusion of his whereabouts. Put your aluminum hats away there's no conspiracy theory here.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
nope
Cheche San Miguel More than 1 year ago
Simply sensationalism brought forth by clerical incompetence and poor work coordination.
reubenr More than 1 year ago
Not only "how they got it," but why did they print it without at least first checking the facts. It seems to me that he media is as culpable as the organizations charged with maintaining confidentiality. Some one suggested that perhaps some one saw the incident and reported it to the media, which, if true, raises even more questions of why the media did not check the facts. As routine as it is to report anything involving controversy and/or a victim, it is another thing for the media to make their own victims.
blemcooper More than 1 year ago
Hopefully this will put this specific issue to bed (I don't expect people to stop speculating about Horner and doping though). As for neither anti-doping organization leaking to the media, if that is to be believed, then I can imagine hotel staff or some rumor mongers who hang out at team hotels looking for anything to sell to newspapers. But given how often we see the authorities announcing or confirming positive A samples, which is against the rules unless the athlete OK's it, who knows...
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Interesting to read about that "one hour window" in the whereabouts mail. What is it? I don't mean to accuse Horner of any wrongdoing, but if athletes can define a single hour per day during which they can be tested it leaves a 23 hour gap for microdosing.
MatParker117 More than 1 year ago
Employment law means that testers can't test guys whenever they want.
gattboy More than 1 year ago
better yet we could make them all live in tents at the USADA parking lot and only let them leave for races, that would eliminate all risk of microdosing for the other 23 hrs of the day seriously though, in this case doping control can't even get it right for the one hour a day they ALREADY KNOW the location... insane to expect better results if they try keeping 24/7 locations on however many hundreds of athletes they monitor
hamnam More than 1 year ago
Live in USADA tents? Come on! Now you're going too far. USADA should implant a GPS unit in their arms so that they can find them no matter where there are.
Sarcastic Wet Trout More than 1 year ago
Considering most people carry cell phones which can be tracked, it's not that unfeasible.
Terrence Martineau More than 1 year ago
they have to give there whereabouts at all times and can be tested at any time between 6am and 11pm if testers find them... they could hide in there basement with the lights off though, but they have to give 1hr everyday where they will be available for testing... only at that time if testers show up and they are not there is it's considered it's a missed test..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well spoken
Scott Sissons More than 1 year ago
Nailed it, nice to see someone else knows the details on the whereabouts. My girlfriend has to fill it out and when she is at home she lists the time between 6-7 because usually people are home then and still sleeping. To give you an idea though, in the past year she has probably been tested a dozen times and not once have they shown up during that time period.
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
Heh. Why not even set it at 4 am to 5 am? Might make it even less likely they'll show up during the special hour.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Must be between 6am and 11pm
SlowBloke More than 1 year ago
The "6am to 11pm" refers to local time at the location, and the time between 11:01pm and 5:59am the next day is meant to allow the athlete to be able to get a good nights sleep - something quite important during a three week grand tour. I think we are going to see Horner being hounded by the drug testing agencies for the next few months, and there will be more leaks, more rumours, and still no one at the drug testing agencies getting in trouble about their deliberate failure to follow the protocols. I think they think he is a doper and will do whatever it takes to prove it (remember the continuous recalibration of the testosterone tests done at LNDD to nail Landis). I half feel that is fair (fighting fire with fire?) but the other half keeps thinking witch-hunt. If it is fair, then the protocols should be updated to reflect it, because it may let someone use it as a reason to get the case dismissed.
HeadPack More than 1 year ago
Thanks T. Martineau and Scot Sissons. This answers my question.
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh. Somebody's a little nieve here and his name rhymes with Clarence Wartintoe.
Spuddieblue More than 1 year ago
A little what?
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
I meant niave. Sorry we're not all champion spellers like you Spuddieblue. But I'd love to see you try and beat me in a 10 mile tt. You wouldn't stand a chance.
powerste More than 1 year ago
Nieve may be little but he is still a great rider to watch and cheer for. Hopefully he stays with the new team when Euskaltel and Alonso work out the details.
ianfra More than 1 year ago
Terence: Do you mean 'their whereabouts'?
reubenr More than 1 year ago
We would not expect either organization to admit that it leaked the information to the media, however, they are the one"s with the responsibility for privacy, and for all the privacy freaks out there who harp constantly on this situation, here is an example where some one is actually done wrong. I do not hear any chirping. The rule about 1 hour per day is not made up by the riders. It is made up by you and the UCI. It seems fair though, since you do have things come up in life. Most of us really don't know where we are when we are there.
bianchi1885 More than 1 year ago
What is interesting is that USADA continues to aggessively test older athletes. Like the 80-year-old American weightlifter that they popped for steroids.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Not sure how aggressive this was. They merely ordered the test, which is their job. Claiming neither party told the media really strains their credibility. There was way too much detailed for the information to come from anyone other than Horner (On a plane and did not know about the test) Radio Shack (Would have to reason or motive to alert the press), USADA (Did not know the test was not completed until they read about it in the media) or the tester..........ding ding ding...we have a winner
StLouPSU More than 1 year ago
What 'leak'? RST's communications officer reported this to the press when USADA/ASA started barking up Chris' tree about the confusion of his whereabouts. RST said as much in initial reports. Put your aluminum hats away there's no conspiracy theory here.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
This is incorrect. No communication came out until after the article. Either you can't get your facts straight or you made this up.
SheepFarmer More than 1 year ago
StLouPSU, You should use a tin foil hat to cover your *ss as you talk out it. The time line of the story shows the initial charge of a missed control in AS and Marca followed by the RadioShack response. Check the times the stories were published and when they were updated. Go to AS.com and read the stories. The original story was published at 9:02 in Spain said nothing about Radio Shack. The Radio Shack response showing that Horner had notified USADA of his new location was published at 12:12 in AS. AS has not yet published USADA's statement that Horner had indeed notified USADA, although it was posted by someone in the comments shortly after 22:00. Your claim that the communication officer from RS reported this to the press rather than responding is absurd. If you don't read Spanish use google translate.
velogeek More than 1 year ago
Great choice of picture for the article.
hamnam More than 1 year ago
He looks like that in every picture.
gattboy More than 1 year ago
sure seems like it has Tygart's fingerprints all over it, trying to battles in the media instead of following procedure (of course, he learned all that from Lance so take it as a grain of salt...)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Certainly is. Why would USADA need to ask for another test? Horner would have had one at the end of the race anyway as the winner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My name is not Anon. It is Owen
Matthew Lab More than 1 year ago
Typical screw up by Travis Tygart and the clown posse...
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Really USADA did nothing wrong here until they claimed that neither organization informed the Spanish media. This is clearly untrue. Tygart didn't leak it, he would have leaked it to the American media. So figuring out who leaked it really isn't very hard. USADA should claim they didn't leak it, not that neither leaked it. Clearly this is false.
Matthew Lab More than 1 year ago
Yes, USADA should not have made that claim.
tyhsia More than 1 year ago
Agree with submit. USADA has no clue as to whether Spanish ADA leaked to the media. This is clearly an attempt by someone in or the agency in general to discredit Horner. It's obvious that the Spanish media is bitter about having a 41 yo no-name American win the Vuelta ahead of Nabali, Valverdes, and Rodriguez? Find the perpetrator and put him/her on that 26% unemployment line there.
BackSeatRider More than 1 year ago
The bureaucratic mix up and leak seems like par for the course. No one is accusing the testing agencies as being top notch. Having been to Madrid my question is how they couldn't manage to get from one part of the city to the other in under an hour? Once they realized that Horner wasn't at the hotel (something that shouldn't take long) they should have easily been able to make it to the hotel Horner was staying at. If I were Horner I would have welcomed the test to prove that I was clean and would have happily made allowances to let the testers get the job done. Second question is why they have to wait until 9/17 to do the test? If Horner is on a plane then they could easily test him when he lands. If a skier like Lyndsey Vonn had to take a drug test in a ball gown, Horner could take a test after coming off a plane. If I were advising Horner I would get tested as much as possible to dispel the doping rumors. Letting things linger only gives ammunition to those who suspect he doped.
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Horner was tested twice a day for the final three days of the race.
antmills More than 1 year ago
But not the thorough lab tests possible after the race when he may well have eased off the dope. ... The dope!
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
What dope?
JantonStentenan More than 1 year ago
What dope do you think. You're a dope if you don't think Horner is on dope.
Rita La Negrita More than 1 year ago
In the spanish media they claimed that the request was triggered by the analysis of the biological passport. Also they claim that Horner did not properly registered in the other hotel where he is supposed to have been, but apparenlty he did not leave (or try not to leave) a footprint.
Sarcastic Wet Trout More than 1 year ago
Maybe he wanted a little quiet time with the wife. You know, to get his freak on. USADA was properly informed.
Lightening Toke More than 1 year ago
Do WADA rules require a proper hotel registration? I doubt it. So, why are the Spanish making something of this?
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Nice try Rita. He even gave the room number. It was registered in his wifes name. Her name is Horner. Please post your source. USADA ordered the test and would have no knowledge of analysis of biological passport until there is an adverse finding. Please post source
gattboy More than 1 year ago
i think shes referring to the requirement in many foreign countries that name and passport be recorded for every hotel guest, regardless of who's name the room is under... not sure if spain is on that list or what, but its clearly a separate thing from WADA reqs...
sumbit More than 1 year ago
Yes, not registering your travel passport with a hotel often triggers an anti doping test from USADA. No wait, they don't have anything to do with one another
Ilan Vardi More than 1 year ago
"Dirty" athletes also have rights that must be protected.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Quite what are you trying to say?
Ilan Vardi More than 1 year ago
The USADA official statement quoted above is: " USADA has a strong collaborative relationship with AEA and thanks them for our on-going partnership in protecting the integrity of sport and the rights of clean athletes." This implies that the USADA only protects the rights of clean athletes, when it should instead protect the rights of all athletes.
wrinklyvet More than 1 year ago
Totally agree. I was not sure in which direction your post had been pointing.