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Frank Schleck - Handed One Year Suspension by Veeral Patel

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Frank Schleck - Handed One Year Suspension

By Veeral Patel on April 16, 2012

Frank Schleck has received a backdated one year doping ban by the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive during last year's Tour de France. Schleck had tested positive for a banned diuretic, Xipamide, on a sample taken from him after stage 13 (July 14th, 2012). Consequently, during the second rest day in Pau, he had pulled out of the grand tour due to the news of the positive test. Schleck said in a statement that, "Of course I am disappointed by the verdict that has just been announced. I think that the decision to suspend me during one year is too severe considering the fact that the Council acknowledged that I unintentionally consumed a contaminated product. Unfortunately the provisions of the UCI are such that an involuntary contamination is sufficient in order to pronounce a punishment". The ban will expire on July 14th (2013) thereby Schleck will miss out on the 100th edition of Tour de France.
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  • Steel

    Talk about a slap on the wrist. One year backdated penalities for Contador and Schleck. Surely after Lance you’d think they’d get serious with some of these penalities. Obviously not.