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Cofidis respond to Di Gregorio's claims of innocence

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Cycling News
Published:
April 10, 2013, 10:55 BST,
Updated:
April 10, 2013, 12:16 BST
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Rémy Di Grégorio at the courthouse in Marseille where he was questioned about alleged doping activities.

Rémy Di Grégorio at the courthouse in Marseille where he was questioned about alleged doping activities.

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French team says their decision to sack him was justified

The Cofidis team has clarified why it ended Remi Di Gregorio's contract after he was arrested by French police during last year's Tour de France, revealing that the former Paris-Nice stage winner was sacked because he broke the rules of the team by working with external medical experts without the permission of the team.

On Tuesday the French rider was allowed to return to racing by an appeal judge but has yet to find a team. In an interview Di Gregorio claimed he was innocent, saying police only found vitamins when he was excluded from the Tour de France. He hinted that he would sue Cofidis due to suffering mentally and financially.

“I’ve never doped. I rode for teams like FDJ and Cofidis which use the biological passport to attract riders. There were never any abnormalities in these documents. I was tested several times and I’ve never tested positive. Apparently some wanted to show that Di Gregorio doped himself, they found no evidence whatsoever,” he said.

Cofidis responded with a solemn statement.

"We've learned of the partial lifting of the judicial review of Remy di Gregorio's case and that he is now allowed to return to competition. However Remy di Gregorio is still under investigation regarding the use of doping products and methods. The judicial system has still not decided on the merits of the charges against him," the statement reads.

"This new situation does not change our position regarding the decision to terminate Remy di Gregorio's contract that was based on the evidence brought to our attention at the time. We decided to end our ties with the rider because he had broken the rules of the team, and violated the trust that we had given him, using means and consulting with medical experts that were not authorized by the medical staff of the team. He has not contested this fact."

The Cofidis team seems unperturbed about Di Gregorio's possible legal action.

"We will leave it to the courts to decide the validity of the reasons for the early termination of Mr. Di Gregorio's contract," the statement concluded.
 

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