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January 20, 2004

Vasseur, Gaumont arrested in Cofidis probe

Yahoo! Sport | Two more Cofidis riders arrested in doping probe

Drugs squad officers detained Cedric Vasseur and Philippe Gaumont as they stepped off a flight from Alicante, Spain, and took them away for questioning.

Vasseur, 33, won a stage in the 1997 Tour de France and was a former teammate of five-time Tour winner Lance Armstrong at the US Postal team, while 30-year-old Gaumont won a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics but five years later was suspended for doping.

Robert Sassone, formerly of the Cofidis team, was formally placed under investigation after EPO, testosterone, amphetamines, growth hormones, and other banned substances were allegedly found in his home in Hyeres.

The team's title sponsor, the Cofidis group, said it will take legal action for defamation in response to the allegations.

Posted by Frank Steele on January 20, 2004 in Cofidis probe | Permalink


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I think Vasseur said he wanted to talk to police, and I'm pretty sure he was not arrested. Going in for questioning isn't getting arrested.

Not trying to be an apologist for Vasseur or anyone, but I thought the headline misleading in light of what I heard. I could be wrong my source is not bulletproof.

Posted by: Chris Fox at Jan 22, 2004 1:24:04 PM

Hey, good stuff by the way, enjoying the read. Thanks!

Posted by: Chris Fox at Jan 22, 2004 1:27:40 PM