Luxembourg cyclist Franck Schleck, who tested positive for a diuretic during this year’s Tour de France, will find out what sanction will be imposed next month, AFP learnt on Thursday from his entourage. The elder of the Schleck brothers attended a third and final disciplinary hearing on Wednesday evening at the country’s anti doping agency, which was overseen by a representative of the International Cycling Union (UCI) governing body.
“I was able to explain myself once again. I have never made a mistake. The case continues but it’s not finished,” Schleck said as he left the hearing.
According to those involved in the case, the rider’s lawyers claimed the charge against him was “ill-defined” and that the levels of Xipamide, which can be a masking agent for banned substances, in his urine were “infinitesimal”.
Schleck tested positive after the 13th stage of the Tour on July 14 and quit the race at the end of the 15th stage while he was in 12th spot in the general classification. Testing of his B sample also came back positive. The rider claimed that the sample was either contaminated or the presence of the diuretic was accidental. He withdrew himself from competition voluntarily at the start of October. According to his lawyers, any sanction taken on January 30 will be backdated to October.