Team Barloworld rider Moises Duenas has tested positive for EPO after the first time trial in the Tour de France.
The 27 year-old Spaniard was lying nineteenth overall after impressing in the mountains but has been pulled out of the Tour de France by Barloworld and suspended.
?I?m shocked,? Team Barloworld manager Claudio Corti said after being told of the positive.
?I want to find out more about what has happened before going into detail and taking further action. However the one thing I will say is that the team is not involved in this story at all and we’ll take severe action against anyone who damages our credibility and the image of our team.”
Pierre Bordry, the head of the French anti-doping agency AFLD, revealed Duenas tested positive for the EPO in a test taken after the stage time trial on July 8 in Cholet.
French police descended in force on Barloworld’s hotel in Tarbes and Duenas was taken into custody for questioning.
It is the Tour?s second failed test for EPO after Spaniard Manuel Beltran of the Liquigas team also tested positive.