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Tour de France: Frank Schleck fails doping test

07-18-2012 16:57 BJT

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Doping issues are hitting the Tour de France again. The event saw one of its contenders dismissed on Tuesday. Luxembourg’s Frank Schleck, who finished third overall in last year’s race, was taken out of the 2012 edition after failing a test for a diuretic.

The doping test took place after the 13th stage on July 14. Traces of the specified drug "Xipamide" were found in Schleck’s urine. The World Anti-Doping Agency rules say any athlete that tests positive for a specified drug faces a two-year sanction.

Schleck rides for the Radio Shack team, which previously included seven-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong in its lineup. Armstrong, along with team manager Johan Bruyneel, is involved in a doping investigation himself. Both men deny any wrongdoing.

Schleck stood on the final podium behind his brother Andy last year. Andy Schleck found himself the winner of the 2010 Tour title after Spaniard Alberto Contador was stripped of his yellow jersey on doping grounds.

Editor:Wang Chuhan |Source: CNTV.CN

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