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Cofidis trial starts Monday

By:
Susan Westemeyer
Published:
November 05, 2006, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:34 BST
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News for November 5, 2006

Ten people involved with the 2004 Cofidis affair will face trail Monday in Nanterre, France, for...

Ten people involved with the 2004 Cofidis affair will face trail Monday in Nanterre, France, for infringing France's anti-doping laws. According to AGR, the trial, expected to last five days, will be led by judge Richard Pallain and will look into various charges of drug trafficking and use.

Seven of the 10 are cyclist or ex-cyclists linked to the French squad Cofidis; Italian Massimiliano Lelli, Brit David Millar, Frenchmen Philippe Gaumont, Robert Sassone, Médéric Clain, and Poles Marek Rutkiewicz and Daniel Majewski. Also on trial will be director sportif Oleg Kozlitine, trainer Boguslaw Madejak, and pharmacist Pierre Ben Yamin.

The case dates back to 2004 when an inquiry was made into Cofidis. During the investigation Millar confessed to the use of the EPO, which resulted in a two-year ban.

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