Kolobnev Tour de France's first doping case

Russian champion Alexandre Kolobnev (Katusha).

Russian champion Alexandre Kolobnev (Katusha). (Image credit: Stephen Farrand)

L'Equipe has reported that Katusha's Alexandr Kolobnev has tested positive for a diuretic hydrochlorothiazide (HCT) in the first week of the Tour de France, and has been removed from the race on the first rest day. The positive sample was taken the day of stage 5 on July 6, 2011.

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