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Tom Danielson
Danielson at the 2014 Tour of Alberta
Personal information
Full name Thomas Danielson
Nickname Tom or Tommy D[1]
Born (1978-03-13) March 13, 1978 (age 39)
East Lyme, Connecticut, United States
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 59 kg (130 lb)
Team information
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Amateur team(s)
1999–2001 SoBe/Headshok
Professional team(s)
2002 Mercury Cycling Team
2003 Saturn Cycling Team
2004 Fassa Bortolo
2005–2007 Discovery Channel
2008–2015 Slipstream–Chipotle
Major wins
Tour of Qinghai Lake (2002)
Tour de Langkawi (2003)
Cascade Cycling Classic (2003)
Mount Evans Hill Climb (2004, 2007, 2009)
Tour of Utah (2013, 2014)

Thomas "Tom" Danielson (born March 13, 1978) is an American former professional road racing cyclist who most recently rode for UCI ProTeam Cannondale–Drapac,[2] until a positive test for synthetic testosterone in August 2015 and Cannondale's decision not to renew his contract. He previously competed professionally for Discovery Channel (2005–2007), Fassa Bortolo (2004), Saturn (2003) and Mercury (2002).


Early years[edit]

Danielson holds the record for the fastest ascent of Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, in the Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.[3][4] The previous record holder was professional cyclist Tyler Hamilton. He also holds the record for the Mt. Evans Hill Climb in Colorado, which traverses the highest paved road in North America.[5][6] The previous record holder was Jonathan Vaughters, who was Danielson's manager on his last professional team.[5][7]

In 2004, Danielson had an uneventful stint on the Italian UCI ProTeam Fassa Bortolo, missing the early spring campaign because of visa problems.[8] Subsequently, he raced for the American UCI ProTour team Discovery Channel, with which he won the 2005 Tour de Georgia and the 2006 Tour of Austria.[9][10] Since Discovery Channel disbanded in 2008, Danielson has been part of the Garmin-Chipotle team.[11]


Danielson started the season by finishing twelfth at both the Tour Méditerranéen and the Tour du Haut Var. Following his two twelfth-place finishes, Danielson, however, struggled through Paris-Nice; finishing only fifty-second overall. Following, Paris-Nice, Danielson regained his form at the Tour of the Gila; placing second to Levi Leipheimer (Team RadioShack). A couple of weeks later, Danielson rode the Tour of California, but was unable to complete the race. After California, Danielson returned to form at the Tour de Suisse, finishing twenty-fifth overall. Following Suisse, Danielson finished in eighth place at both the Tour de Pologne and the Trofeo Melinda. A month later, Danielson rode his fifth Vuelta a España. He completed the race as the highest placed American, in eighth place. Danielson concluded the season with a thirty-ninth place at the Giro dell'Emilia.


Danielson started the season with the Vuelta a Mallorca, and finished thirty-sixth in the third classic, the Trofeo Deia. Danielson, however, was unable to complete the fourth and fifth classics, the Trofeo Magaluf-Palmanova and the Trofeo Inca. Following the Spanish "Vuelta", Danielson finished thirty-first overall at the Volta ao Algarve, and a preseason best of twentieth overall at the Vuelta a Murcia. However, after Murcia, Danielson's form deteriorated, finishing fifty-fifth overall at the Volta a Catalunya, forty-seventh at the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, and eightieth overall at the Tour of the Basque Country. Following Basque Country, Danielson withdrew from racing, and focused on rebuilding his form. A few weeks later, Danielson returned to racing, and finished twentieth overall at the Tour de Romandie. After Romandie, Danielson finished third overall at the Tour of California, and ninth overall at the Tour de Suisse, which ultimately led him to a Tour de France debut. At the Tour, Danielson rode well, and finished as the highest placed American, in eighth place.[12][13][14] After the Tour, Danielson finished fifth overall at the Tour of Utah, and fourth overall at the first addition of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. Following the two American stage races, Danielson concluded the season with an eighty-sixth place at the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.


After being unable to complete the Tour de Langkawi, Danielson returned to form during the Volta a Catalunya, where he finished twelfth overall, and second in the Mountains classification. Following Catalunya, Danielson finished twentieth at the Tour of the Basque Country, and offered a good showing at the Tour of California, where he took fifth place in the "queen stage" of the race, a finish at altitude at the winter ski station of Mount Baldy.[15] He also came in ninth place in stage five's individual time trial, therefore keeping a high placing in the overall classification.[16] These performances helped him climb on the third step of the podium.[17] After California, Danielson finished eleventh at the National Road Race Championships, seventh at the Tour de Suisse, and was selected to start his second Tour de France. However, due to injuries sustained from crashes, Danielson abandoned the Tour during stage six. The following month, Danielson returned to competition at the Tour of Utah, where he finished eleventh overall, and assisted with stage two's team time trial win. After Utah, Danielson competed in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, where he finished seventh overall, and by soloing up and over Independence Pass, won stage three. Bicycling subsequently named the stage, "the most exciting day of road racing on American soil".[18]


Following his six-month ban, Danielson returned to racing at the Volta a Catalunya, where he finished tenth overall. After Catalunya, Danielson, however, was unable to complete the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, but returned to form during the Tour of the Basque Country, where he finished eleventh overall. After Basque Country, Danielson continued to ride strong, and finished fourth overall at the Tour de Romandie. Danielson started the Giro d'Italia hoping to assist teammate Ryder Hesjedal in a repeat victory, however, Hesjadal withdrew following stage twelve. After Hesjedal's departure, Danielson was able to ride for himself, but fell ill during the latter weeks, and finished only 49th overall.[19] In June, Danielson was selected to start his third Tour de France as a domestique; he finished the Tour in 60th place.[19] Following the Tour, Danielson competed in, and won the Tour of Utah.[20][21][22] Danielson concluded the season by finishing third overall at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.[23][24]


In August, Danielson returned to racing at the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and won the overall title. This was the second consecutive year when he claimed overall title in the event.[25] The following month, Danielson confirms his participation in the at the Icon LASIK Tour of the Moon 2014 cycling event.[26]


For 2015 cycling events, Danielson is sponsored by Cannondale, Full Speed Ahead (FSA), Icon Lasik, Mavic, Smith Optics, Prestige Imports, Vega Sport and Biotta.[27][28]

On 20 January 2015, actor Patrick Dempsey and Tom Danielson will be hosting a cycling event in Arizona called "Ride On, Tucson!" The ride will feature a 2.5-mile downtown circuit that is completely closed to traffic for three hours.[29]

In May, Danielson abandoned the Giro d'Italia because of a knee injury.[30]

2012 doping confession and 2015 doping positive[edit]

In a September 2012 online-forum post, Garmin–Sharp team manager and owner Jonathan Vaughters stated that Danielson had used blood doping products to increase oxygen delivery to his muscles.[31] On October 10, 2012, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that Danielson would be suspended for six months after admitting to doping during his time with Discovery Channel.[32][33] Later that day, the organization issued a statement confirming his acceptance to a six-month ban from September 1, 2012, to March 1, 2013. The action included the stripping of all race results between March 1, 2005, and September 23, 2006.[34] Danielson released his own statement a day later that expressed regret at his decision to "cross the line." "I accept responsibility for my choices and apologize to everyone in my life for them – in and out of the sport," he said.[33]

On August 3, 2015 Danielson announced via his Twitter feed that he had tested positive for synthetic testosterone during an out of competition control on July 9. He was suspended by his Cannondale-Garmin Team pending the outcome of his B-sample, and ultimately his contract was not renewed.[35] On November 6, 2015 USADA confirmed that his B-sample also tested positive.[36]


Born in East Lyme, Connecticut, Danielson currently resides in Longmont, Colorado.[2][37][38] After spending his childhood years in Connecticut, Danielson attended Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.[38] Danielson considers both Longmont and Durango as his home towns.[38]

Career achievements[edit]

Major results[edit]


1st MaillotUSA.PNG Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships
1st MaillotUSA.PNG Collegiate Mountain Bike Championships
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Qinghai Lake
1st Stages 5 & 8
1st Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Cascade Cycling Classic
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall International Tour de Toona
1st Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb[a]
2nd Sea Otter Classic
2nd Time trial, National Road Championships
3rd Overall Redlands Bicycle Classic
5th Overall Tour de Georgia
5th Overall Nature Valley Grand Prix
1st Stage 2
1st Mount Evans Hill Climb[a]
5th Overall Tour de Langkawi
1st Mount Evans Hill Climb
1st Stage 4 (TTT) Tour de Georgia
5th Overall Tour of Missouri
5th Road race, National Road Championships
1st Mount Evans Hill Climb
3rd Overall Tour de Burgos
1st Stage 4 (ITT)
9th Overall Tour of California
2nd Overall Tour of the Gila
8th Trofeo Melinda
8th Overall Vuelta a España
9th Overall Tour de Pologne
3rd Overall Tour of California
4th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
5th Overall Tour of Utah
8th Overall Tour de France
1st Stage 2 (TTT)
9th Overall Tour de Suisse
1st Stage 2 (TTT) Tour of Utah
3rd Overall Tour of California
7th Overall Tour de Suisse
7th Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Stage 3
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Utah
3rd Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
4th Overall Tour de Romandie
10th Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Tour of Utah
1st Stage 4
2nd Overall USA Pro Cycling Challenge
1st Jersey red.svg Mountains classification Volta a Catalunya

Grand Tour general classification results timeline[edit]

Grand Tour 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
A pink jersey Giro d'Italia DNF DNF 76 49 DNF
A yellow jersey Tour de France 8 DNF 60
A red jersey Vuelta a España 7 6 DNF DNF 8
DSQ Disqualified
DNF Did not finish
struck Voided


In 2013, Tom signed a sponsoring agreement with Icon Lasik, a Colorado-based provider of cataract, LASIK, as well as the organizer of Tour of the Moon. The contract was signed after Tom had won 2013 Tour of Utah.[41]

In August 2014, he signed a sponsorship contract with Cannondale Bicycle Corporation for 2015, together with other 13 riders, as a part of the new relationship between Cannondale Bicycle Corporation, the American bicycle manufacturer, and Slipstream Sports, the sports management group behind the Garmin-Sharp UCI ProTeam.[42]

He also has sponsorship agreements with companies and organizations such as Mavic,[43] Smith Optics, Prestige Imports, Vega Sport[44] and Biotta.

See also[edit]


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  33. ^ a b "Leipheimer, Zabriskie, Vande Velde and Danielson all admit to doping". Cycling Weekly. 11 October 2012. 
  34. ^ a b Daniel Benson. "Six former Armstrong USPS teammates receive bans from USADA". 
  35. ^ "Tom Danielson fails doping test". Velonews. Competitor Group, Inc. 2015-08-03. Retrieved 2015-08-03. 
  36. ^ Stokes, Shane (November 7, 2015). "Updated: USADA confirms Danielson's B sample also positive, says 'full, fair legal process in place'". Retrieved December 1, 2015. 
  37. ^ Fields, Jenn. "Boulder cyclist Tom Danielson rolls on – Boulder Daily Camera". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  38. ^ a b c "USA Pro Cycling Challenge Interview". USA Pro Challenge. Colorado: Medalist Sports LLC. August 15, 2012. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Tom Danielson". Cycling Base. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Tom Danielson". Cycling Archives. December 28, 2012. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  41. ^ "Icon Lasik is proud to sponsor pro athlete Tom Danielson". Icon Lasik. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  42. ^ Rogers, Neal (20 August 2014). "Slipstream Sports confirms Cannondale sponsorship". Velo News. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  43. ^ "Mavic: Teams & Riders". Mavic. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  44. ^ "About Tom Danielson". Vega Sport. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 

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