PAU, France, July 17, 2012 – Luxembourg’s Frank Schleck, a former
podium finisher, quit the Tour de France Tuesday after testing positive for a
banned diuretic, his RadioShack team told Bicycle.net.
Schleck, who finished third in 2011, is currently racing the 99th edition
with the RadioShack team run by Johan Bruyneel.
His positive test for a banned diuretic was announced earlier by the
International Cycling Union (UCI).
RadioShack spokesman Philippe Maertens told Bicycle.net that “Schleck has left the
He added the team would soon be issuing a statement.
Earlier, a statement from the UCI said 32-year-old Schleck had been
informed of an “Adverse Analytical Finding (presence of the diuretic Xipamide
based on the report from the WADA accredited laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry)
in the urine sample collected from him at an in competition test at the Tour
de France on 14 July 2012.”
Schleck “has the right to request and attend the analysis of his B sample”.
Before Schleck quit the event, the UCI had said it expected RadioShack to
take swift action.
After years of doping scandal, the race is now governed by strict
anti-doping rules meaning that any rider even suspected of doping is ordered
to leave the race by his team.
“The UCI Anti-Doping Rules do not provide for a provisional suspension
given the nature of the substance, which is a specified substance,” added the
“However, the UCI is confident that his team will take the necessary steps
to enable the Tour de France to continue in serenity and to ensure that their
rider has the opportunity to properly prepare his defense in particular within
the legal timeline, which allows four days for him to have his B sample