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Cycling News Flash, July 16, 2008
Edited by Greg Johnson and Bjorn Haake

Tour hit by second doping positive
Police search hotel room of Barloworld's Dueñas
Moises Duenas Nevado tested positive for EPO

Spanish rider Moisés Dueñas has become the second rider to register a non-negative test for banned blood booster erythropoietin at the Tour de France. The results came from a sample taken from the Barloworld rider after the Grand Tour's first time trial, Stage 4 on July 8 in Cholet, according to head of the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) Pierre Bordry.

French authorities reportedly spent two hours searching the rider's room at Le Rex, the team hotel where Barloworld and Bouygues Telecom were staying in Tarbes, France. Only one room is believed to have been searched by French authorities during the morning, number 604 – that of the Spanish rider.

News of Dueñas' test result has spread quickly after confirmation this morning from the senior French anti-doping agency figure, including on LEquipe.fr - a newspaper owned by the same parent company as the Tour. The rider held 19th position on general classification heading into today's Stage 11, which he is unlikely to contest.



What's that saying..."The more things change, the more they stay the same..."?
 

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You have to wonder what would be found if all the rooms of the team were searched.
 
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