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Friday 17, Jan 2014

  Frank Schleck Resumes Racing After Doping Ban

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Frank Schleck Resumes Racing After Doping Ban

Cyclist Frank Schleck, the ex-RadioShack Nissan Trek leader who tested positive for banned substance at 2012 Tour de France, has denied being a drug cheat. Schleck made this statement after arriving in Australia to resume racing after a ban of twelve months.

Frank Schleck was banned by the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for Xipamide during the Tour de France in 2012. At that time, the cyclist remarked of course he is disappointed by the verdict that has just been announced and added he thinks that the decision to suspend him during one year is too severe considering the fact that the Council acknowledged that he unintentionally consumed a contaminated product. Schleck added unfortunately the provisions of the UCI are such that an involuntary contamination is sufficient in order to pronounce a punishment. He however expressed satisfaction by the verdict by saying he is however relieved that the judges acknowledged that the present is not a case of doping and that he had no intention to enhance his performance. Schleck went on to add that this is very important for him, his family, for his team and all those who support him.

The Tour de Suisse and Amstel Gold champion will make a comeback with the Santos Tour Down Under, a UCI WorldTour cycling race, in Adelaide in January. The 33-year-old Luxembourger will head the new-look team Trek Factory Racing alongside new Australian signing Calvin Watson from January 19-26 in the WorldTour season opener.

Known as a strong rider in the hilly one-day classics and contender in the Grand Tours, Franck Schleck was banned from 14 July, 2012 and his ban expired on 14th of July 2013. Frank missed the Tour de France 2013 that started on June 29.

Schleck remarked first of all he wanted to start (the season) straight away, so he had the option between Argentina and Australia, and Australia has a big passion and commitment for cycling, there are great people over there who love cycling and that’s why he is really excited to go there. Frank’s brother and former Tour de France champion, Andy (who was handed the 2010 Tour title after Spanish winner Alberto Contador was disqualified for a positive doping test), will not be returning to Adelaide and will instead attend a team training camp in Spain. Franks said Andy told him a lot about it, he said it’s a greatly organized race, it’s really warm though and you’ve got to fight the heat and jet lag but he said you will enjoy the race, and he checked the parcours and they made it hillier and harder so he is looking forward to it.

Frank Schleck also remarked the team also wanted him to go to Australia to represent a strong team and he strongly believes he will be all right, and he will do his best to get a nice result. He also remarked he is all excited and happy to race again there are going to be a lot of guys who are going to be fresh for the first race of the season.

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Friday 05, Apr 2013

  Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

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Fränk Schleck Free To Race From July

Fränk Schleck will be free to return to professional cycling over a period of three months on July 14, 2013 after it was confirmed by the World Anti-Doping Agency that it would not challenge the one-year ban handed to the Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Leopard.

The rider tested positive for Xipamide during the Tour de France in 2012 and will miss out on this year’s Tour de France. The world governing body of cycling, the UCI, advised the cyclist on July 14, 2012 of an Adverse Analytical Finding in a urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test as the WADA accredited laboratory in Châtenay-Malabry detected the presence of the diuretic Xipamide in Schleck’s urine sample.

Xipamide is a prescription-only and orally administered diuretic drug that is also known as Diurexan. It is usually recommended by medical practitioners to help patients deal with high blood pressure. Sportsmen and others use it to help remove traces of banned substances prior to a doping control. It falls into a special category of substances under the World-Anti Doping Code called “Specified Substances.”

The Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency’s disciplinary Board could have issued a maximum two-year penalty, but went with one year after noting the extremely low amount of the banned substance. At that time, Schleck said in a statement that he was disappointed by the verdict but relieved that the judges acknowledged that the present is not a case of doping and that he had no intention to enhance performance as this is very important to him, his family, team, and all those who support him. The Agence Luxembourgeoise Anti Dopage (ALAD), Luxembourg’s national anti-doping agency, said that Schleck had failed to provide an adequate explanation of its presence and the cyclist decided not to appeal against the ALAD’s ruling. The anti-doping agency, in its ruling announced on January 30, said the cyclist had not ingested the substance intentionally and hair analysis carried out didn’t reveal any evidence of doping. It also said that Schleck’s biological passport was not suspicious.

The decision of the UCI and WADA not to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport means Fränk Schleck, the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France, can target the Vuelta a España that begins in late August.

The cyclist won a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France which finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, and an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy and Alberto Contador. His past is not free from controversies as one day prior to a decisive penultimate stage of the Tour de France 2008 he was accused by the German daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung to have a contact with the infamous Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes in December 2005.

Meanwhile, his brother Andy of RadioShack-Nissan is said to have been more seriously injured in the Critérium du Dauphiné crash than thought before and will not be able to ride in this year’s Tour de France. It was revealed by examinations that Andy had fractured his pelvis and will be out for six weeks.

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Friday 01, Feb 2013

  Rasmussen Expected To Confess To Doping

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Rasmussen Expected To Confess To Doping

Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen is expected to make a confession on Thursday that he made use of performance enhancing drugs in what would be the latest doping scandal in the sport since the admission of disgraced cycling champion Lance Armstrong in January when the cycling champion admitted to making use of anabolic steroids, cortisone, EPO, and other banned drugs to win seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

Rasmussen will will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. local time and the anti-doping agency of Denmark has scheduled its own news conference later in the afternoon. It is believed that the 38-year-old Rasmussen will come clean about “extensive doping” during his career. The Danish cyclist led the 2007 Tour de France before he was kicked out for lying about his whereabouts when he missed pre-race doping tests and suspended from the Danish national cycling team at UCI World Championships and Olympic Games. He later on admitted that he had lied and was given a ban of two years from cycling but has insisted till now that he didn’t break any rules and never tested positive for any drugs.

The Danish professional road bicycle racer who rides for the Danish team Christina Watches-Onfone specializes in climbing and is well known for his care for detail when considering weights. He started his career as a mountain biker and went on to win the Mountain Bike World Championships in 1999 before he became a stagiaire with the professional cycling team CSC-Tiscali in 2001. In 2002, he was able to secure a contract of one year and switched from CSC-Tiscali to Rabobank in 2003 after a string of good results in August and September.

According to a multiple sourced VeloNews article, mountain bike racer Whitney Richards accused Rasmussen of trying to get him to transport a box of his favorite cycling shoes to his Italian training base that turned out to include packets of Hemopure, a bovine-hemoglobin-based blood substitute. Richards claimed he destroyed it and that made Rasmussen angry. The incident was also described in the epilogue of journalist David Walsh’s recent book From Lance to Landis. After the expiry of his suspension on July 25, 2009, Rasmussen took part in the Designa Grand Prix in Kjellerup, Denmark two days later, and finished in second place and then signed the next season for the Italian Continental ranked team, Miche Silver Cross. Rasmussen and Christina Design owner Christina Hembo presented their new team Christina Watches-Onfone on December 9, 2010 and announced the goal to become a UCI Pro Tour team in 2016 after they had received a UCI Continental license.

The biggest doping scandal in cycling from Denmark came when Bjarne Riis, now the owner and manager of Team Saxo-Tinkoff, revealed in 2007 that he had used EPO, a mix of growth hormones and cortisone, to win the Tour in 1996.

Earlier this week, Luxembourg cyclist Frank Schleck was suspended by anti-doping authorities until July 14 after he tested positive for a banned substance during last year’s Tour de France.

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Saturday 21, Jul 2012

  Backup Sample Confirmed Schleck’s Positive Test

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Frank Schleck Fails Doping Test

Frank Schleck had tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Tour de France, according to the backup sample. The Luxembourg rider, however, maintained his innocence and said he has not doped.

“The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes,” Schleck said in a statement. “I just know that I did nothing wrong!”

On Tuesday, the RadioShack Nissan Trek leader was pulled from the Tour after the International Cycling Union said he had tested positive on July 14. His first positive test jolted this year’s Tour de France besides reviving the doping allegations that have long tarnished the image of cycling.

Schleck said after the first positive test if the backup sample eventually confirmed it, then a complaint would be filed “against an unspecified person for poisoning.” In a statement on Friday, he made no mention of poisoning or a legal complaint but remarked he was determined to find out how the diuretic, Xipamide, had turned up in his system.

“Since I didn’t take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone,” Schleck said, suggesting that he could have consumed the banned substance “through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me.”

Born on 15 April 1980, Schleck is a Luxembourgish professional road bicycle racer for UCI ProTeam RadioShack-Nissan. He is the older brother of Andy Schleck, winner of the 2010 Tour de France. Some of Frank’s greatest achievements include winning a blue riband mountain stage in the 2006 Tour de France that finished on the Alpe d’Huez, the 2006 edition of the Amstel Gold Race classic, an alpine stage of the 2009 Tour de France, and finishing in the sole company of his brother Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.

The 32-year-old said he has witnessed the backup sample analysis at the WADA-accredited anti-doping laboratory in Chatenay-Malabry south of Paris and said he vowed to “continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body,” after seeing the test positive.

 Frank Schleck out of Tour de France after failing doping test

The World Anti-Doping Agency defines “specified substances” like Xipamide as those that are “more susceptible to a credible, non-doping explanation” and the diuretic is classified as a specified substance and does not require a provisional suspension. According to the “Dictionary of Doping” by Jean-Pierre de Mondenard, a French expert, athletes who dope usually take diuretics such as Xipamide for masking other banned performance enhancing drugs, or as a supplement for weight loss.

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WADA Prohibited List 2012 En WADA list of Banned Substances which Contains a full set of banned Diuretics and masking agents