Thursday, July 19, 2012

Drugs Again

Frank Schleck has withdrawn from Le Tour amidst allegations of doping. A urine test has revealed the presence of Xipamide, a medicine that lowers blood pressure and increases urine production. Schleck has left the tour voluntarily, and is arguing that he has done nothing wrong and that any positive test result must be the result of 'poisoning.'

I am not sure what to think about this, professional cycling has a long history of drug problems and despite the modern Tour taking a much tougher stance against dopers riders are still willing to take the risk.  If Schleck has been interfered with in some way I would imagine it would be very difficult to prove without evidence from the 'poisoner'.

Bradley Wiggins remains the General Classification leader, defending champion Cadel Evans has had a bad few days in the mountains and is now over 8 minutes behind the race leader.

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