March 26, 2004
Kelme definitively out of the 2004 Tour
Tour organizers say they will NOT offer a 22nd spot in this year's Tour to the Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme team, following accusations from Jesus Manzano that the team engaged in widespread doping.
Following the disclosures made by the Spanish rider Jesus Manzano, the organisers of the Tour de France esteem that the element of doubt hanging over the matter no longer permits the formerly contemplated presence of the Kelme – Costa Blanca team at the start of the next Tour de France.
Amaury Sport Organisation, the organizers of the Tour, also will not allow Kelme to ride in the group's other races, including this weekend's Criterium International, for which a riders list is now available.
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