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Brief respite for Capelle

Belgian rider Ludovic Capelle, who tested positive for EPO in June 2005, can race again, if only for a few weeks.

Last year, Capelle was initially given an 18 month suspension by the disciplinary commission of the Belgian cycling federation, who also rejected his appeal that he made a month later. However, in December 2005, the Council of State ordered that the suspension be dropped for technical reasons: the doctor performing the anti-doping control was judged to have gone beyond his competence level.

But Capelle is not in the clear yet: his case will start again from scratch in three weeks. In the meantime, he can race, although he doesn't have a team.