Schleck's positive test rocks Tour

Schleck's positive test rocks Tour

The Tour de France was rocked on Tuesday when Luxembourg's Frank Schleck, third overall in last year's race, was pulled out of the 2012 edition after failing a dope test for a diuretic.

The older of the Schleck brothers -- Andy won the Tour two years ago -- rides for RadioShack-Nissan and was in 12th place nine minutes and 45 seconds behind leader Bradley Wiggins.

RadioShack was the outfit of American Lance Armstrong who, along with team manager Johan Bruyneel, is involved in a doping investigation launched by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

“After being informed by the UCI about the presence of Xipamide in the urine sample of Frank Schleck on July 14, the team has decided to immediately withdraw Frank Schleck from the Tour de France,” RadioShack-Nissan said in a statement.

RadioShack said Schleck had gone willingly to the police station and the team hotel had not been searched, although witnesses said uniformed and plain clothes police officers were on patrol in front of the building in Pau on Tuesday evening. The doping test took place after the 13th stage on July 14 when traces of the specified drug Xipamide were found in Schleck's urine.

“On the subject of Xipamide the team can declare the following: It is not a product that is present in any of the medicine that the team uses and the reason for the presence of Xipamide in the urine sample of Mr Schleck is unclear to the team,” RadioShack added.

Schleck, however, denied any wro­ngdoing. “I categorica­lly deny taking any banned substance. I have no explanation for the test result and therefore insist that the B sample be tested which is my right.”

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