Fränk Schleck confirms B sample also positive, says he is investigating potential causes

RadioShack-Nissan rider insists, "I did nothing wrong!"

by Simon_MacMichael   July 20, 2012  

Frank Schleck at the 2011 Tour de France Presentation © Simon MacMichael

RadioShack-Nissan rider Fränk Schleck has annouced that his B sample taken after Stage 13 of the Tour de France last Saturday has confirmed his positive test for the diuretic Xipamide. The UCI has asked the Luxembourg Federation to open disciplinary proceedings against the 32-year-old and a likely ban from the sport. The onus is now on Schleck to prove how the substance came to be in his system and that he was not at fault for it being there.

When the result of the A sample was announced by the UCI on Tuesday, Schleck said that in the even the B sample showed the same result, he would file a complaint against persons unknown alleging poisoning.

Now he says that he and his advisors are exploring other avenues too in order to try and work out how the drug, a specified substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list due to its potential use to help mask the use of performance enhancing drugs, came to be in his system.

“Today I witnessed the analysis of the B-sample in the AFLD lab in Châtenay-Malabry (France),” explained Schleck, who finished third in last year’s Tour de France.

“The result of the counter test was positive but for me nothing changes: I just know that I did nothing wrong! I will therefore continue my search to find out how the substance could have entered my body," his statement continued.

“At the moment we are analyzing minute by minute what exactly I have been doing, eating, drinking on the days before the control and on the 14th of July itself, whom I met, what materials I came in contact with, what nutritional supplements I took,” he added.

Schleck’s statement continued: “The medical world states that this product, when performing in extreme conditions such as in a cycling tour, is very dangerous; it can even cause death.

“Therefore I really need to find the cause that clarifies how this product ended up in my system: since I didn’t take anything, I assume it must have been given to me by someone, or it could have happened through an accidental contamination, or it could be caused by something that is not yet known to me since we are still undertaking a number of analyses.”

“Since these extra analyses will take a few days, I will communicate again from the moment I have received the results of the extra tests,” he concluded.

On Wednesday, the day after news of the positive, a number of theories and rumours swept the team buses at the Tour, not everyone dismissed Schleck's claim that he was poisoned - even some senior figures are reported to buy in to the theory - with fingers being pointed in some surprising directions. At some point the truth, or a version of it that is acceptable to the majority of the people involved in this case will be arrived at, but If the recent history of such cases is anything to go things are likely to become a lot less clear before that happens.

Frank and brother Andy are reportedly in dispute with the Luxembourg based outfit whose licence is held by Leopard SA, and the management company itself has had to counter reports in recent days that it is on the verge of bankruptcy.

Earlier this season, it was widely reported that the Scheck brothers’ relationship with team manager Johan Bruyneel, himself facing charges in the US Anti-Doping Agency’s investigation also involving Lance Armstrong and others, had broken down irretrievably. Bruyneel has not been present at the Tour.

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Oh my god, not steaks again !


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posted by antonio [1108 posts]
20th July 2012 - 16:08


Madness again, but I can't help think Jens Voigt had a point when he said he didn't believe it because "why take something to defend 12th place on a flat stage? It makes no sense."

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
20th July 2012 - 16:50


I'm just not buying Frank Shcleck doping, it doesn't add up. I smell a bloody big rat.

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posted by SounDaz_7 [48 posts]
20th July 2012 - 17:19


You say that SounDaz_7 but why did Frank pay the legendary Dr Fuentes 7000 euros? Frank saying, "I cannot remember" is bullshit. The bloody big rat smell is coming from Frank Schleck himself....

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
20th July 2012 - 19:02


Diuretics are not performance-enhancing drugs. Otherwise I'd be over in France behind Wiggo right now.

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
20th July 2012 - 20:59


It walks like a duck, quacks like duck ergo it is a duck. The Fuentes business shows that his grasp on truth and recollection is exceeding tenuous.

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posted by Hamster [93 posts]
20th July 2012 - 21:44


Diuretics are part of the science of covering drug use; any idiot can take drugs. But it is a real science to get away with it. Hence the services of Drs' Fuentes and Ferrari. It has being going on for some time, ask Pedro Delgado....

posted by SideBurn [913 posts]
20th July 2012 - 22:13


Might get blasted for this, but what if someone on the roadside gave him a contaminated water bottle. If there are people stupid enough to throw tacks on the road let their dogs wander into the road etc etc. those people near the tops of stages with their bottles I know that the riders don't drink from them but they splash it over them to cool down so...


posted by FATBEGGARONABIKE [734 posts]
21st July 2012 - 7:54


I don't think you would absorb drugs from a bottle of water thrown over you.

But I imagine some teams will instruct their riders not to drink anything offered on the roadside by members of the public, if only to avoid picking up a gastro infection, rather than anything more sinister.

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1449 posts]
21st July 2012 - 9:40



I have thought that in the past, however I don't think you ever see a PRO actually drink from the bottles they're handed these days, they literally just dowse themselves with it to stay cool ... otherwise it'd be far too easy to knobble riders ..

I am surprised by this one to be honest (moreeso than some riders anyway) and it is of course possible that something has gone awry somewhere ...

But ... I have to say, I doubt it If I'm honest

Me, Myself and I

posted by phax71 [325 posts]
21st July 2012 - 10:06


But to be fair, people like dr Ferrari (and I assume dr Fuentes) sell well-regarded training programs and the like. I can see 7k buying some of that, but nowhere near enough for dope.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3723 posts]
21st July 2012 - 10:06


With rumours of Astana being interested in FrAndy, could this be a conspiracy to sign them for peanuts pending an exoneration or minor ban? Were there any KBG-types on the stage wielding umbrellas? Big Grin

On a serious note, I heard/read that now that Frank's B sample result is through, the Team Classification defaults to the next team... Anyone know if this is true?

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posted by andylul [418 posts]
21st July 2012 - 10:31


Oh, and is this irony or hubris?


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posted by andylul [418 posts]
21st July 2012 - 10:31


I suppose the fact Frank is no longer at the tour explains why Johound Bruyneel turned up yesterday.

posted by Swirly [67 posts]
21st July 2012 - 10:45


"Oh, and is this irony or hubris?"

Haha...nice one... Big Grin


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posted by The _Kaner [642 posts]
23rd July 2012 - 11:49