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New doping charges for CSC?

By:
Cycling News
Published:
June 30, 2006, 1:00 BST,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 23:18 BST
Edition:
Tour de France News Extra for June 30, 2006
Race:
Tour de France

As if one doping scandal were not enough, French newspaper L'Equipe has published further doping...

As if one doping scandal were not enough, French newspaper L'Equipe has published further doping allegations concerning the CSC squad, in its Friday, June 30 edition. A plastic bag filled with syringes was reportedly found by a cleaning person in a Parisian underground parking lot on the eve of Spring Classic Paris-Roubaix, on April 8.

The man accidentally pin-pricked himself with one of the needles and lodged a complaint with the police. A witness told investigators that he had seen several people step out of a car labeled with the name of the team's sponsor, that transported and deposited the bag in question.

There are thus about 100 syringes that are currently being analysed by judicial expert lab Toxlab, but the needles are reported to have been meticulously cleaned before being discharged. However, the Paris-based lab is said to have secured one particular molecule, but they haven't been able to identify it yet. Spanish police have also been contacted to see if similar substances had been seized in the Operación Puerto raid last May.

CSC has denied any association with this latest scandal.

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