Gerolsteiner rider Andrea Moletta remains on "inactive" status and will not participate in the Dauphiné Libéré as originally planned. Team manager Hans-Michael Holczer told the German press agency dpa that he will not ride until it is established what was in a syringe that the police found in the possession of his father. Holczer is in contact with the Guardia Finanza (an Italian law enforcement agency responsible for drug trafficking), which is handling the investigation.
His father, Natolino, was on his way to the Giro d'Italia on May 20 with two others when their vehicle was stopped and searched. A one-way syringe was find hidden in a toothpaste package in a cooler in the car. Moletta senior said that it was a painkilling medication for his own use.
A house search at the Moletta's uncovered nothing, but the search of the car driver's house turned up 82 packages of Viagra. The team subsequently removed the younger Moletta from the Giro after learning of the incident and placed him on "inactive" status, based on the team's Code of Conduct. (SW)