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Tour de France’s Cofidis Suspends Di Gregorio in Drug Probe

July 10, 2012

France's Remy di Gregorio

France's Remy di Gregorio of French Cofidis cycling team.Photographer: Pascal Pavani/AFP/GettyImages

Tour de France team Cofidis said it suspended rider Remy di Gregorio as it investigates whether he tried to take performance-enhancing drugs.

The French team said in an e-mailed statement the case was an “isolated” incident and it will continue competing in the cycle race, which resumes tomorrow after a rest day. Di Gregorio, a 26-year-old Frenchman, was 35th overall, 18 minutes, 7 seconds behind race leader Bradley Wiggins of Britain.

Earlier today, Agence France-Presse reported that police raided the Cofidis team hotel in Bourg-en-Bresse in eastern France, and arrested Di Gregorio in connection with an inquiry that was opened last year.

“We have very little information at the moment about the events that are said to have taken place,” Cofidis said in the statement. Di Gregorio will be fired if found to have breached team rules on ethics, it said.

The team is named after main sponsor Cofidis SA, a French consumer credit company that earlier this year agreed to extend its backing through 2016.

In 2007, the Cofidis team withdrew from the Tour de France after one of its then riders, Italy’s Cristian Moreni, failed a drug test for synthetic testosterone.

To contact the reporters on this story: Alex Duff in Madrid at aduff4@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net


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