UPDATE: Juan Mauricio Soler did not test positive after the 14th stage in the Tour de France. (see below)
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Posted on Fri Jul 27, 2007 at 03:39:55 PM EDT
If it’s _ day, there must be a Cycling scandal brewing, right? With a big assist from Jens, I’ve caught that the Danish press and French Radio are reporting that another rider tested positive on stage 14. [Link in Danish, sorry. Stay tuned.] All we’re told is it was someone wearing a leader’s jersey, and Barloworld’s hotel is apparently under Gendarmerie assault. While Soler turning up positive would be thoroughly depressing, I suppose it’s better than Boonen or Contador, holders of the green and white tunics that day. [podiumcafe]
and from HLN.BE announcing that it is Soler and the team hotel has been raided by the police;
Soler zou positief zijn
Er lijkt een nieuwe dopingzaak in wording in de Tour de France. Na de veertiende etappe met aankomst op Plateau de Beille werd volgens verschillende bronnen een positieve urinetest afgenomen. Dat zou dan na Vinokourov en Moreni het derde positieve geval in de Tour zijn.
Het zou gaan om Mauricio Soler, de drager van de bolletjestrui. Op dit moment is er een inval van de Franse politie in het…
Eurosport have also identified Soler as testing positive;
Reports say Soler latest to test positive
Eurosport | Fri, Jul 27, 23:22
Juan Mauricio Soler of the Barloworld team reportedly tests positive for a substance, as yet unidentified, from a sample taken after stage 14 of the Tour de France.
Excellent news, Soler did not test positive;
Update 1:07pm CET
Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has said that Juan Mauricio Soler did not test positive after the 14th stage in the Tour de France, and indeed, the rider is scheduled to start in the time trial later today.
Whether there was indeed a positive doping test – not belonging to Soler – after stage 14, is still unknown. [Cyclingpost]