TDF Makes First Doping Bust
Meanwhile, Greipel takes stage ten
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Germany’s Andre Greipel outsprinted Mark Cavendish to win stage ten of the Tour de France on Tuesday, a day after Russia’s Alexander Kolobnev (Team Katusha) become the first rider to record a doping violation at this year’s race. Kolobnev tested postive for hydrochlorothiazide, a banned diuretic, after stage six. He has voluntarily suspended himself pending the results of a B-sample test. Meanwhile, reigning champ Alberto Contador has denied reports that a knee injury, sustained after Contador crashed twice earlier in the race, is causing him to consider dropping out. Contador also met the teenage fan who created the first of those crashes when he stuck his head out to get a better look at the peloton in stage one. “The important thing is to pay attention to the peloton next time you’re on the road,” Contador said. But the driver of a French TV car who hit Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland in stage nine hasn’t yet apologized, and Flecha isn’t happy about it. In a continually thinning field, Team RadioShack has lost it’s third rider in this year’s tour after Yaroslav Popovych withdrew with a fever. Radioshack lost Jani Brajkovic and American Chris Horner to crashes last week. After stage 10, GC standings remain unchanged with Thomas Voeckler in yellow. Contador is four minutes back.
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