Frank Schleck Fails Drug Test at Tour

Team pulls lead rider

Caty Enders

Luxembourgish rider Frank Schleck was pulled from the Tour de France on Tuesday after testing positive for a banned substance. The International Cycling Union says the diuretic Xipamide, used as a masking agent for other drugs, turned up in Schleck’s Saturday doping test. The 32-year-old RadioShack Nissan Trek leader took third in the Tour last year and was in 12th place overall before he was withdrawn. “Our team attaches great value to transparency,” RadioShack Nissan Trek said in a statement. “After being informed by the UCI about the presence of Xipamide in the urine sample of Frank Schleck on 14 July, the team has decided to immediately withdraw Frank Schleck from the Tour de France.” Elder brother Andy Schleck, who was awarded the yellow jersey in the 2010 Tour de France, has come out in his defense. “[I swear] on my life and my family, I am sure he hasn’t taken anything,” Schleck said.

Via BBC News