Cool beans, finally, something positive to report.
There was a discussion here a month or so ago about TD wherein we questioned his constitution and future as a pro tour rider due to his frequent illnesses, among other things. Well, whatdyaknow. The Durango Herald published an interview with Tom yesterday that will answer a few of your questions and confirm some of your speculations. It seems Tom has had a nasty critter or two taking up residence in his tum-tum and they've inconsiderately refused to leave, possibly since 2003 when he rode in Malaysia. Specifically, he was diagnosed with Giardia, a diarrheal illness caused by a one-celled, microscopic parasite.
A month after being properly diagnosed, Tom again won the Mount Evans Hillclimb and will be competing in San Sebastian, the Deutschland Tour, and the Vuelta.
here's the article: Danielson addresses cycling, tour, life in general