Thursday, January 31, 2013
Frank Schleck to miss 2013 Tour because of backdated ban
PARIS (Reuters) - Frank Schleck will miss the 2013 Tour de France after he was handed a one-year backdated ban for failing a dope test during last year's race, the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) said on Wednesday.
Schleck, third overall in the 2011 Tour, tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide following the 13th stage.
ALAD representative Raymond Mousty told a news conference that the ban started from the day Schleck failed the test on July 14, 2012.
Schleck, who has denied knowingly taking a banned substance, will be eligible to compete again two weeks after the start of the Tour.
(Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John Mehaffey)