July 12, 2004
Casagranda and Hvastija booted from Tour
Italian Stefano Casagranda and Slovenian Martin Hvastija have been asked to leave the Tour de France after their involvement in a doping probe was revealed, Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc said on Monday.
Casagranda of Saeco and Hvastija of Alessio-Bianchi are under investigation in Italy for separate doping probes in 2000 and 2001.
When this story first came out, in last Wednesday's issue of Le Monde, sources also named Stefano Zanini of Quick Step and Pavel Padrnos of US Postal. USPS director Johan Bruyneel vigorously defended Padrnos, whose "banned substance" (mannitol) Bruyneel says is a preservative often used in vitamins and amino acids.
That suggests there may be another shoe left to fall.
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