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Frank Schleck Tests Positive at 2012 Tour de France
By Staff
Date: 7/17/2012
Frank Schleck Tests Positive at 2012 Tour de France
Luxembourg cycling star Frank Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), who placed 3rd at last year's Tour de France, has tested positive at the 2012 Tour de France, the UCI reported Tuesday. The UCI announced in a press release that Schleck has been informed that he tested positive for diuretic Xipamide. The positive drug test was conducted as a urine sample taken on July 14th.

Frank Schleck does have the option of requesting the B sample to be tested. The rider nor his team have commented on the news. It is unknown if the rider from Luxembourg will be immediately removed from this year's Tour by the team as the UCI anti-doping rules prohibit a provisional suspension.

"Earlier today, the UCI advised the Luxembourger rider Frank Schleck of an Adverse Analytical Finding (presence of the diuretic Xipamide based on the report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry) in the urine sample collected from him at an in competition test at the Tour de France on 14 July 2012.

"Mr. Schleck has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample.

"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 defense in particular within the legal timeline, which allows four days for him to have his B sample analyzed.

"Under the World Anti-Doping Code and the UCI Anti-Doping Rules, the UCI is unable to provide any additional information at this time."

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