Frank Schleck has left the tour after a positive test for a banned dieretic. Ahhhhh won't they learn!
Doping is a criminal offence in France - not just an offence under UCI rules. If you're tested while racing under Cycling Australia of the Australian Veterans Cycling Council, you will be banned from racing, but its not a criminal offence.
Its worth noting that xipamide has a lower-category banned status - it's not exactly EPO. I have to say I was a bit gobsmacked to see a rider actually accept a bottle from Joe Public on the roadside on one of the mountain stages on the weekend - no rider in their right mind would drink a fluid when they have no idea what's in it...
very disappointed. And not very successfully adhering to 'innocent until proven…'.
I thought those power intervals looked suss
He should have accepted FUIC instead - oh wait is caffeine listed as "banned substances"?
Frankie can always offer his services to the USADA in return for a 6 month ban :)
LOL....if you check out the Wikipedia entry for Xipamide Frank gets a special mention at the bottom of the page.
That was quick!
I wonder if it has anything to do with his complaint against the team for non-payment of wages?
Grow up Schleck, you were caught cheating and are too gutless to put your hand up for it.