MADRID (AP) — A mixup over Christopher Horner's whereabouts for a doping test a day after his victory in the Spanish Vuelta has been cleared up by the U.S. anti-doping agency.
"This is not considered a missed test," the USADA said in a statement Monday. Spain's anti-doping agency said it received a request from its American counterpart to perform a routine test on the U.S. veteran rider early Monday, only to discover that Horner was not at the address they had been given.
The RadioShack-Leopard rider had spent the night at a different hotel to the rest of his team. The USADA later issued a statement confirming Horner had updated his whereabouts details in advance but the change — received by email — was not forwarded to the anti-doping control officer in Spain ahead of initially planned test.
Horner's team had earlier released a statement saying the rider had updated his whereabouts with USADA correctly, giving the name of his hotel for the night. The team included a screenshot of the automated email reply from USADA which stated, "Your update has been received."
The Spanish agency said it was normal for anti-doping agencies such as USADA to request tests be performed for them by organizations in other countries. Horner, the oldest rider to win a grand tour event, will be 42 next month.