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Vandenbroucke denies cocaine charges

Frank Vandenbroucke of Team Mitsubishi-Jartazi has denied any involvement in the drug case in which his name has been mentioned. It was reported earlier this week that he was suspected of having purchased cocaine from a gang drug dealer the beginning of the year. The team announced Thursday that it was placing him on the inactive list in response to the case.

In a statement on his personal website, frankvdbroucke.be, the Belgian responded angrily to the charges. "I formally declare that I have never purchased products from the named drug gang and deny any involvement in this matter. Given my family situation, I would never risk my relations and contact with Margaux {his daughter} by doing anything like that. I am irate that my name has arisen in this case and I will do all that I can to see that the truth is told in this matter. When the appropriate judicial agencies question me, I will offer them my full cooperation."

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