Monday 11 December 2017

Horner fury at missed drug test gaffe

Chris Horner is said to be furious about the testing mix-up
Chris Horner is said to be furious about the testing mix-up

Cycling Ian Chadband

Chris Horner's joy at becoming the oldest winner of a grand tour in history has turned into fury after his Tour of Spain triumph a month before his 42nd birthday was followed by his name being dragged through the mud in what appears to be a drug-testing mix-up.

Horner's RadioShack team say they will seek compensation for his reputation being sullied after Spanish Anti-Doping Agency officials were responsible for him missing an out-of-competition random test the morning after his historic victory in Madrid on Sunday.

Horner's win at 41, five years older than any previous grand tour winner, has led to plenty of cynicism within the sport and the last thing he needed for fuel to be added to the cynics' fire was the controversial public revelation from Spanish testers that he had missed a random test.

They said they had received a request from their American counterparts, the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), to perform a routine test on Horner yesterday morning, only to find the rider was not at the address they had been given.

Yet the pronouncement has infuriated RadioShack officials, who insisted the testers had gone to the wrong place because Horner was at the hotel where his wife had been staying, a change of address which he had already notified the relevant authorities about. The team even released an email from the American to the testers which proved he had done everything by the book.

"Chris received a confirmation email," they added. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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