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Frank Schleck set for July 14 return to racing

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April 4, 2013, 15:01,
April 4, 2013, 15:59
First Edition Cycling News, Friday, April 5, 2013
An unhappy Frank Schleck during the Giro d'Italia

An unhappy Frank Schleck during the Giro d'Italia

  • An unhappy Frank Schleck during the Giro d'Italia
  • Luxembourg champion Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)
  • Andy and Frank Schleck share a joke

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WADA opts not to appeal one-year ban for Xipamide

Frank Schleck's ban for doping will end on July 14 after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) decided not appeal the decision of the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD), according to reports in the Luxembourg media.

The UCI, the ALAD and Schleck all followed the same line, meaning his one-year ban can no longer be overturned or extended by an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Schleck tested positive for the banned diuretic and masking agent Xipamide during last year’s Tour de France in an anti-doping control after stage 13. Schleck quit the Tour de France when his positive was announced but has always denied taking Xipamide, suggesting it could have entered his body via contaminated supplement.

The ALAD gave Schleck a one-year ban on January 30 instead of the usual two-year ban, because of the extremely low amount of the banned substance. The Agency suggested that he had not ingested the substance intentionally. It also said that hair analysis carried out didn’t show any evidence of doping, and that his biological passport was not suspicious.

ALAD announced it would not appeal in February.

The July 14 date means Schleck will not be able to ride the Tour de France. However he could return to action at the Tour de Wallonie in Belgium, which begins on July 20.

The RadioShack-Leopard team has yet to confirm if Frank Schleck will make his come back with the team. 

fujisst More than 1 year ago
Gotta wonder if those $7000 "training plans" from Fuentes are still effective, Xipamide notwithstanding.
Jezzygee More than 1 year ago
Frank needs Fuentes, Andy needs Frank, and they all seem to need therapy (Fuentes styled therapy). Only Luigi has moved on it seems
JamesT More than 1 year ago
So for Alberto Contador, with only a million tenths of the substance..he will retain his 2012 Giro for that process regarding that of Frank Schleck.
Liam Somers More than 1 year ago
Typical of what we can expect from the doping police. I'm suuuure the masking agent got mistakenly ingested. Heck, doesn't this happen to you from time to time too?
movingtarget More than 1 year ago
The whole situation smells for sure but chin up Andy, the brother is back.
Jezzygee More than 1 year ago
Yes Andy your brother is back all is forgiven for him and you now go kick some poor sod that's been working his but off to ride the tour while you were feeling sorry for yourself out of that spot
Jezzygee More than 1 year ago
I would rather see someone go down fighting than a pathetic pack your bag type attitude because the going got too tough