Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Doping allegations continue to plague Tour riders

The latest rider to fall victim to doping charges is Remy Di Gregorio from Team Cofidis.  Di Gregorio was arrested Monday night at his hotel by the French police agency (OCLAESP) responsible for doping investigations.
Two other people suspected of supplying Di Gregorio with banned substances were also arrested.

Team Cofidis “provisionally suspended” Di Gregorio, pending the outcome of an investigation. Di Gregorio will be fired if convicted of wrongdoing.
The 26 year-old Di Gregorio turned pro in 2005.  He is a native of Marseille and considered one of France’s most promising riders.  He was in 35th place at the Tour de France after stage 9.
Team Cofidis had doping problems in 2004 when two of their riders were arrested for doping.  In 2008, Cofidis withdrew from the Tour de France when one of their riders tested positive for testosterone.
I wonder how long the money-lending company, Cofidis, will continue to associate with a team that has a history of unethical or criminal behavior

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