Frank Schleck Quits Tour de France Due to Testing Positive for Doping
July 17, 2012 4 Comments
Frank Schleck, so thin, taking diuretics right before the big climbs tomorrow so he can get rid off more weight to climb faster…and dehydrated?! What in the world is he doing to his body for goodness sakes? Climbing those mountains after taking diuretics is practically committing suicide. No tour, no sport is worth my life, that is for sure. Loving cycling to death should be only a way to express how much we love the sport, not to actually kill ourselves for it!
Police questioned Tour de France star Frank Schleck after he tested positive for a banned substance, his RadioShack team said.
Schleck, who quit the race after being informed of the positive test, went voluntarily to a police station in Pau, southwest France, to co-operate with authorities, RadioShack spokesman Philippe Maertens said.
Schleck’s positive test for the banned diuretic Xipamide was announced earlier by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The RadioShack team said it had decided to withdraw the Luxembourg rider from the race, and said that the diuretic is not present in any medicine used by the team.
Mr Maertens said the team is likely to ask for the “B” sample to be analysed, which it must do within four days.
“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 defense in particular within the legal timeline, which allows four days for him to have his B sample analysed.”
The team’s statement:
“Our team attaches great value to transparency. Because of this, we can announce the following as a response to the adverse analytical finding of xipamide in Fränk Schleck’s urine sample of July 14 during the Tour de France.
“After being informed by the UCI about the presence of xipamide in the urine sample of Fränk Schleck on July 14, the team has decided to immediately withdraw Fränk Schleck from the Tour de France.
“Even though an abnormal A sample does not require these measures, Mr. Schleck and the team believe this is the right thing to do, to ensure the Tour de France can go on in calm and that Fränk Schleck can prepare his defense in accordance with the legal timing to do so.
“On the subject of xipamide the team can declare the following: it is not a product that is present in any of the medicine that the team uses and the reason for the presence of xipamide in the urine sample of Mr. Schleck is unclear to the team. Therefore, the team is not able to explain the adverse findings at this point.
“However, the team is fully determined to collaborate with the anti-doping agencies in order to resolve the matter.”