MADRID, Sept 16, 2013 (AFP) – Spanish anti-doping authorities were not able
to carry out a test on Tour of Spain winner Chris Horner on Monday after they
showed up at the wrong hotel.
At 41 years old the American became the oldest ever winner of a grand tour
on Sunday when he sealed victory in the procession around Madrid in the 21st
and final stage of the tour.
The Spanish authorities had been asked to carry out the test on behalf of
the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
According to a source for the Spanish Agency for the Protection of Health
in Sport (AEPSAD) the testers “travelled to the hotel where the RadioShack
team were staying” but Horner could not be found.
However, RadioShack confirmed that Horner was instead staying at a
different hotel with his wife on Sunday and had communicated his location,
phone number and one-hour time window to be tested to the USADA.
“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 seven a.m. 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 email Horner sent
to the USADA.
During the tour doping tests are the sole responsibility of the
International Cycling Union (UCI). Thereafter it is up to national authorities
to carry out tests on their athletes.
AEPSAD confirmed that having not found the cyclist at the designated hour
requested by the USADA, it is the USADA that has the authority to open any
disciplinary process should it see fit and that the US authorities will have
to make another request to their Spanish counterparts should they wish a
further test to be carried out.