Frank Schleck will miss the 2013 Tour de France after he was handed a one-year backdated ban for failing a dope test during last year’s race, the Luxembourg Anti-Doping Agency (ALAD) said on Wednesday.
Schleck, third overall in the 2011 Tour, tested positive for the diuretic Xipamide following the 13th stage.
ALAD representative Raymond Mousty told a news conference that the ban started from the day Schleck failed the test on July 14, 2012.
Schleck, who has denied knowingly taking a banned substance, will be eligible to compete again two weeks after the start of the Tour.
Schleck’s team has issued the following statement in response:
The Management of Leopard S.A. has taken note of the verdict of the CDD (Conseil de Discipline contre le Dopage) in the case of Fränk Schleck’s positive test for xipamide during the 2012 Tour de France.
Leopard S.A. is content that the anti-doping authorities have now reached a verdict, but will not make any further declarations about the case until it has studied the argumentation of the CDD more closely.