Tour de France News Flash for July 10, 2004
Edited by Jeff Jones
Christophe Brandt (Lotto-Domo) has become the first rider to test positive
during the Tour de France. The Belgian climber was controlled after the
second stage from Charleroi to Namur on July 5, and traces of methadone,
a pain killer, were found in his urine.
Lotto-Domo has decided to provisionally suspend Brandt while it waits
for a counter-expertise. French police searched the Lotto-Domo team hotel
this morning, and reportedly left with a big bag.
Despite this, the president of the Tour's race jury, Mirko Monti, told
Cyclingnews this morning that as yet there's no communique about
the positive test that he knows about. However, it's usually up to the
race organisation to issue such a communique.
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