Boulder Cyclist Tom Danielson's Fiery Twitter Defense Against Doping Charge

When prominent people find themselves embroiled in public controversy, they're frequently advised to keep their comments to a minimum.

But Boulder cyclist Tom Danielson and former Lance Armstrong teammate took the opposite tack after being suspended from the Boulder-based Cannondale Garmin squad in the wake of a positive test for synthetic testosterone. As a result, he can't defend his title in the Tour of Utah race, which got underway yesterday.

He subsequently let loose a slew of tweets proclaiming his innocence, expressing the pain the allegations have caused him and stressing that he loves cycling "so fucking much" even as he faces the possibility of a lifetime ban from the sport.

Danielson, 37, has doped before; he claimed that he'd been pressured to do so when he joined Armstrong's Discovery Channel team circa the middle of the last decade. But as Cycling News notes, Danielson later testified in the investigation into Armstrong's confessed cheating — and Jonathan Vaughters, general manager of Cannondale Garmin, has publicly said that if any of his cyclists tests positive, he'd end his association with the team.

Against this backdrop, Danielson failed a July 9 out-of-competition test, and the Denver Post reports that if a so-called "B-test" shows a similar result, he could be permanently banned from competition.

How did Danielson respond to the news? With a Twitter barrage. Here's the complete string:

There's no timetable on the release of the B-test findings. In the meantime, Danielson's cycling career hangs in the balance.

Here are a pair of videos featuring Danielson — the first an interview from 2011 interview from Boulder Cycle Sport, the second a time trial clip from earlier this year.

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