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Valentin disqualified for six months

24 year-old Tristan Valentin of Cofidis has tested positive for a stimulate (heptaminol) and was suspend for six months by his team. According to, the drug intake was determined as an accident and the rider will able allowed to return to racing on March 22, 2007.

"The disciplinarily commission admitted that Valentin did not take the substance intentionally. ... The rider is not responsible, the mistake was made on the part of the doctor, and for this reason we have separated ourselves from the doctor, not the rider," confirmed Eric Boyer, Manager of Cofidis.