RadioShack-Nissan rider Fränk Schleck has annouced that his B sample taken after Stage 13 of the Tour de France last Saturday has confirmed his positive test for the diuretic Xipamide. The UCI has asked the Luxembourg Federation to open disciplinary proceedings against the 32-year-old and a likely ban from the sport. The onus is now on Schleck to prove how the substance came to be in his system and that he was not at fault for it being there.
When the result of the A sample was announced by the UCI on Tuesday, Schleck said that in the even the B sample showed the same result, he would file a complaint against persons unknown alleging poisoning.
Now he says that he and his advisors are exploring other avenues too in order to try and work out how the drug, a specified substance under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list due to its potential use to help mask the use of performance enhancing drugs, came to be in his system.
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