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File this one under “you gotta be fucking shitting me”.
Colombian Juan Mauricio Soler may be the next rider involved in a doping scandal. Danish media report that the Barloworld rider tested positive after stage fourteen.
Soler, currently the leader in the mountains classification, finished third in that stage. Alberto Contador and Michael Rasmussen came in first and second respectively.
Danish news source BT reports that police are currently raiding Barloworld’s Hotel, and a press conference is scheduled for 11am on Saturday.
This cannot get any worse.
**Bush 43 Update**
July 28 update Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme says Juan Mauricio Soler has not tested positive as reported by Danish media.
*** second update ***
Just to clear it up, this was bullshit:
Tour Director Christian Prudhomme clarified that there was no reported case of doping. “We spoke with the commissionaire of the UCI and they said there was no case,” Prudhomme said in a press conference Saturday morning in Cognac.
One Belgian website had reported that the Colombian had already tested positive, and Prudhomme was concerned about the speculation that took place the day before, and reminded the gathered press to base its work on facts. “Please be careful. Pay attention to the real facts.”
The speculation was further fuelled by reports of police cars at the Barloworld hotel on Friday night. “Some journalist saw an Ag2r Prévoyance team car and thought it was a police car,” confirmed Prudhomme. “There was not any police at the hotel.”