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July 08, 2008

Schumacher grilled over '07 amphetamines positive

VeloNews | Schumacher has his own out-of-competition positive to explain

Journalists at the Tour wasted no time drawing parallels between a positive for amphetamines by Stefan Schumacher last October, and this year's out-of-competition positive for cocaine for Tom Boonen, who organizers barred from the Tour.

Schumacher explained simply:

“Our cases cannot be compared. Tom Boonen underwent a doping test. I didn't undergo a doping test. It was a police control when I was coming back from a disco,” said Schumacher as he sat in the race's yellow jersey.

“I don't have a problem with Boonen, he's a big champion and I don't know why he's not been invited to the Tour.”

Schumacher denied taking amphetamines, but they are present in some over-the-counter medications. His positive doesn't affect his career because, as he said, it was not measured in a sample drawn for doping controls. He also pointed out that the amount involved was “microscopic.”

Schumacher's Gerolsteiner team, looking for a new sponsor, sanctioned the rider at the time, and considers the issue closed.


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I just got my wisdom teeth out, and my pain medication has amphetamines.

Posted by: Peter at Jul 17, 2008 3:19:48 PM