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July 25, 2007

L'Equipe: Moreni of Cofidis positive

L'Equipe.fr | Moreni contrôlé positif

cyclingnews.com | Moreni positive for testosterone

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.

Also:

Yahoo! Eurosport | Cofidis withdraw after Moreni positive

He has been arrested by French police, while the hotel of the Cofidis team in Lescar has been searched.

VeloNews.com | Moreni and Cofidis leave Tour

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.

cyclingnews.com | Stage 16: Moreni finishes stage 16 to face news of his positive doping control for testosterone

James Raia | Who Are the Teams in the Tour de France?

Notes that Cofidis has the 2nd largest budget in the Tour, at about $13.6 million annually (behind T-Mobile, more than $20 million).

Posted by Frank Steele on July 25, 2007 in Doping, Top Stories | Permalink

Comments

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

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