First 2012 Tour De France doping controversy

Updated: July 18, 2012

The man who finished third at least year’s Tour De France, Frank Schleck has been found guilt of a doping offence at this year’s event.

The test, taken after Saturday’s stage, found diuretic Xipamide in his urine sample.  The UCI has not yet suspended Schleck, who can now request his B sample to be tested.  Failing the B test would mean elimination from the event and likely further sanction. Schleck however has been removed from this year’s event by his team, Radioshack.
A UCI spokesman said on Tuesday night: “The UCI Anti-Doping Rules do not provide for a provisional suspension given the nature of the substance, which is a specified substance.
“However, the UCI is confident that his team will take the necessary steps to enable the Tour de France to continue in serenity and to ensure that their rider has the opportunity to properly prepare his defence in particular within the legal timeline, which allows four days for him to have his B sample analysed.
“Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time.”
Schleck, aged 32 finished third on last year’s Tour and is the older brother of 2010 Tour De France  winner, Andy.  The 27 year-old has stated following the revelation of the offence:  ”I am sure on my life and family that Frank has taken nothing illegal.”
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