New Doping Scandal Taints Tour de France

Second rider this year tests positive
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 16, 2008 9:40 PM CDT
New Doping Scandal Taints Tour de France
This file photo shows Moises Duenas Nevado of Spain, who tested positive for drugs at the Tour de France.   (AP)

Just when the race was getting interesting at the Tour de France, another doping scandal erupted. The 11th-stage victory today by Norwegian veteran Kurt-Asle Arvesen took a back seat to the arrest of Spain's Moises Duenas Nevado after he tested positive for the banned performance enhancer EPO in the second doping bust this Tour.

"I just can't understand when are these guys are going to learn," said the president of the International Cycling Union. The arrest overshadowed Arvesen's photo-finish victory. In the overall standings, Australia's Cadel Evans retained the yellow jersey. He holds a 1-second lead over Luxemboug's Frank Schlek and a 38-second margin over Christrian Vande Velde of the US. The Tour finishes July 27, and it's anybody's race. (More Tour de France stories.)

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