Thomas Dekker will not be part of the 2009 edition of the Tour de France, his Silence team announced on Wednesday after the Dutchman tested positive for the banned blood-booster EPO. Briton Charles Wegelius will replace him.
REUTERS - Dutchman Thomas Dekker has been ruled out of the Tour de France after a positive test for the banned blood-booster EPO, his Silence-Lotto team said.
"We have learnt on Wednesday morning that new tests... on samples from December 24, 2007, have proved positive for EPO," Silence-Lotto said on their website (www.davitamon-lotto.com).
"He (Dekker) has been immediately put on a list of 'non-active' riders," said sports director Marc Sergeant. At the time of the test, Dekker was riding for the Rabobank team.
Date created : 2009-07-01