Schleck claims he was a victim of poisoning

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Updated: July 18, 2012
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Franck Schleck, who was removed from the Tour de France on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance has claimed that he has been “the victim of poisoning”.

Schleck who finished third in last year’s event and along with younger brother Andy became the first brothers to take to the podium at the Tour was sitting in twelfth position with just five days of cycling left in the race. The International Cycling Union issued a statement declaring that the Luxembourg cyclist tested positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide last Saturday. His team
RadioShack-Nissan-Trek immediately removed him from the race where he was less than ten minutes behind the race leader Bradley Wiggins.
Schleck has requested a the analysis of the B sample, and has been quick to defend his innocence. “I categorically deny taking any banned substance” said the cyclist in a statement issued through Luxembourg media. “I have no explanation for the test result and therefore insist that the B sample be tested which is my right. If this analysis confirms the initial result, I will argue that I have been the victim of poisoning.”
Schleck has finished in the top 10 of the Tour four times and won two stages. In 2008 he wore the race leader’s yellow jersey for two days before finishing sixth.  Ironically team leader Johan Bruyneel opted not to attend the Tour due to his link with the United
States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into the United States Postal Team and allegations of drug-use. Brunyeel has denied all allegations of wrong doing.

32 year-old Franck Schleck who was yesterday removed from the Tour de France after testing positive for a banned substance has claimed that he has been “the victim of poisoning”. Schleck, who finished third in last year’s event and along with younger brother Andy became the first brothers to take to the podium at the Tour was sitting in twelfth position with just five
days of cycling left in the race.

The International Cycling Union issued a statement declaring that the Luxembourg cyclist tested positive for the banned diuretic Xipamide last Saturday. His team RadioShack-Nissan-Trek immediately removed him from the race where he was less than ten minutes behind the race leader Bradley Wiggins.

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