Madrid - The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has confirmed they do not
consider Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner to have missed a drug test
after Spanish anti-doping authorities turned up at the wrong hotel to
carry out a test on Monday.
The 41-year-old American became the oldest ever winner of a grand tour in Madrid on Sunday.
The Spanish authorities had been asked to carry out the test on behalf
of USADA and attended the hotel where the majority of Horner's
RadioShack team were staying on Monday morning.
However, RadioShack confirmed that Horner was instead staying at a
different hotel with his wife on Sunday night and had communicated his
location, phone number and one-hour time window to be tested to the
"Chris Horner updated his whereabouts with USADA before the start of the
final stage, giving the agency the name of his hotel for the night,
phone number and room number for his one hour window between six and
"This is all according to the rules and Chris Horner received a
confirmation email," they said in a statement accompanied with a copy of
the said emails Horner sent to and received from USADA.
In response USADA admitted that there had been no wrongdoing on Horner's
part and that they had not passed on the information regarding Horner's
change of whereabouts before the testers visited RadioShack's hotel.
"In response to public statements from Team RadioShack on Monday 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 Horner was in Spain.
"Horner properly updated his whereabouts information in advance of
the test attempt, but given that the information was received in the
United States, 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
organisation provided information to the media regarding this