LUXEMBOURG’S Frank Schleck will take no further part in this year’s Tour de France after failing a drugs test.
Schleck was in 12th place, nine minutes and 45 seconds behind British leader Bradley Wiggins, but will leave the Tour after testing positive for the diuretic Xipamide in a test undertaken on 14 July.
“Earlier today, the UCI advised Frank Schleck of an adverse analytical finding [presence of the diuretic Xipamide] in the urine sample collected from him at an in-competition test at the Tour de France on 14 July 2012,” read a statement from the International Cycling Union.
Wiggins, meanwhile, has vowed to support team-mate Chris Froome in any potential future attempts to win the Tour, which resumes today after a solitary day of rest.
“The guy is capable of winning the Tour otherwise he wouldn’t be second overall,” said Wiggins. “What we do well is we are a close group and we have been all year. That’s why we’re in this position. We’ve gone out each day and proved there isn’t a problem.”