July 25, 2007
L'Equipe: Moreni of Cofidis positive
Cristian Moreni of the Cofidis squad has tested positive for exogenous testosterone, according to l'Equipe.
Moreni apparently tested positive in a random test after Stage 11, where he finished 102nd. Adding a cruel twist to the story, Moreni and his Cofidis teammates were among those who delayed the start of the stage to call attention to their “Movement for a Credible Cycling.”
Cofidis will exit the Tour - here's the story in l'Equipe.
He has been arrested by French police, while the hotel of the Cofidis team in Lescar has been searched.
Notes that Cofidis chose not to ask for a B-sample test (I thought that was the rider's call), and claims Cofidis was “invited to withdraw” as was Astana yesterday.
Notes that Cofidis has the 2nd largest budget in the Tour, at about $13.6 million annually (behind T-Mobile, more than $20 million).
This should mean that the whole Cofidis team is out, no?
Posted by: Gary Campbell at Jul 25, 2007 12:33:54 PM
I just feel really bad for Chavanel, Auge, and Wiggins, who have helped make this tour exciting. Shame on you Moreni!
Posted by: Ryan at Jul 25, 2007 3:04:16 PM
Another one bites the dust. *sigh*
Posted by: Fritz at Jul 25, 2007 3:42:04 PM