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Cycling News Flash, September 27, 2008

Date published:
September 27, 2008, 1:00 BST
  • Schleck investigated as Fuentes customer

    Schleck wore yellow on the Alpe d'Huez stage this summer
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    September 27, 2008, 0:00 BST
    Laura Weislo

    Fränk Schleck of CSC-Saxo Bank was reportedly "unmasked" Friday as a customer of Eufemiano Fuentes,...

    Fränk Schleck of CSC-Saxo Bank was reportedly "unmasked" Friday as a customer of Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor whose Madrid clinic was raided by Spanish police in 2006 as part of Operación Puerto. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that investigators have evidence of nearly seven thousand Euro being wired to Fuentes' Swiss bank account in March 2006. The Luxembourg Attorney General Robert Belver confirmed the existence of the payment.

    "Yes, there is this payment of about 7000 Euro to Mr. Fuentes. I have received copies of the bank documents from Germany," Biever told the SZ. "Several weeks ago I sent these documents concerning Schleck to the Luxembourg Anti-doping Agency."

    The documents were uncovered by the German Bundeskriminalamt (federal police), which confirmed the matter. "Luxembourg is responsible, that's why we sent them the papers," press spokeswoman Anke Spriesterbach told the newspaper.

    In addition, the newspaper says that it has seen witness statements claiming that Schleck and CSC manager Bjarne Riis visited Fuentes in Madrid as early as December 2005.

    The newspaper further stated that research shows that Schleck is the one identified with the name "Amigo di Birillo". Birillo has been identified as Ivan Basso, Schleck's friend and former teammate, who confessed his involvement with the Spanish doctor last year.

    On Friday, Schleck told the SZ, "I have not doped." But he confirmed that he had an appointment with the Luxembourg Anti-doping Committee. "Of course I will take the time to clear this situation up."

    Riis told the newspaper, "Frank confirmed to me that he hadn't done anything wrong. hasn't violated any anti-doping rules."

    Schleck is currently in Varese for the World Championship road race on Sunday.

    French antidoping chief Pierre Bordry said that the announcement...