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April 06, 2004

Leblanc: Cofidis no Kelme

Procycling.com | Leblanc: Kelme and Cofidis cases are different

Tour de France director Jean-Marie Leblanc issued a press release Monday reconciling Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme's exclusion from the 2004 Tour with the invitation to Cofidis, which has riders and a former soigneur under investigation. Leblanc chalked it up to the fact that Cofidis qualified automatically, by being one of the world's top 14 teams after the 2003 season.

"If Cofidis had been on the list of teams that needed an invite, then without doubt we would have reflected on the issue and we would have been able to take a prudent decision."

Leblanc also suggested there's still a chance that Cofidis could have its invitation revoked:

"If serious faults are revealed by the judicial inquiries we will take account of them but we are not at that point yet."

On Thursday, Leblanc will meet with a representative of Comunidad Valenciana-Kelme, looking to reverse the director's decision to exclude the team.

Posted by Frank Steele on April 6, 2004 in Cofidis probe, Doping | Permalink

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