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Another explosive day at Le Tour

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Déjà vu: Gendarmes march in to arrest Cristian Moreni (Cofidis)

Déjà vu: Gendarmes march in to arrest Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) (Image credit: AFP)
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French Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer

French Cofidis team manager Eric Boyer (Image credit: AFP)
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French gendarmes take Cristian Moreni

French gendarmes take Cristian Moreni (Image credit: AFP)
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Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) was arrested immediately

Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) was arrested immediately (Image credit: AFP)
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Gendarmes escort Cristian Moreni through the gathered media

Gendarmes escort Cristian Moreni through the gathered media (Image credit: AFP)
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A clearly frustrated Stephane Auge is escorted

A clearly frustrated Stephane Auge is escorted (Image credit: AFP)
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France's Sylvain Chavanel leaves the Novotel hotel,

France's Sylvain Chavanel leaves the Novotel hotel, (Image credit: AFP)
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A stunned Bradley Wiggins leaves his Cofidis team's hotel

A stunned Bradley Wiggins leaves his Cofidis team's hotel (Image credit: AFP)
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Case closed: Gendarmes pack up, taking Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) with them.

Case closed: Gendarmes pack up, taking Cristian Moreni (Cofidis) with them. (Image credit: AFP)
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Rabobank communication director Jacob Bergsma

Rabobank communication director Jacob Bergsma (Image credit: AFP)
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Centre of attention: The world's media gathered at the Mercure Hotel

Centre of attention: The world's media gathered at the Mercure Hotel (Image credit: AFP)
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Rabobank lives on: It may have dropped the Tour de France leader,

Rabobank lives on: It may have dropped the Tour de France leader, (Image credit: AFP)
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French gendarmes have had a busy 48 hours, here they are holding

French gendarmes have had a busy 48 hours, here they are holding (Image credit: AFP)

Tales from the peloton, July 26, 2007

Just 24 hours after the Tour de France was rocked by Alexandre Vinokourov's positive A sample, and his Astana team's withdrawal from the event, the Tour's foundations have once again been shaken with more doping controversy, bomb threats and the sacking of Tour leader Michael Rasmussen. The drama began to unravel as bomb threats were reported by Cadena Ser radio, with the station's website later claiming a small explosion took place in woods by Stage 16's route, after the peloton had passed through.

Shortly after news broke that Cristian Moreni's post Stage 11 sample had tested positive for testosterone. As Moreni was greeted by French police who arrested the rider after the day's stage, news was released that, like Astana the previous day, the entire Cofidis squad was to be sent home.

A matter of hours latter, and a full day after his team proclaimed there was no reason to leave the Tour, a Rabobank spokesperson confronted the media in the Mercure Hotel's parking lot to announce the squad had sacked its squad leader Michael Rasmussen.

With the past 48 hours as precedent, picking the Tour de France winner, or indeed who will be left standing when the peloton arrives in Paris, is anyone's guess.

Another explosive day at Le Tour, July 26, 2007

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