Luca Paolini apologises for cocaine positive at Tour de France

Katusha rider took to Twitter to make a long apology after being notified of a positive test for benzoylecgonine metabolite on Friday

Luca Paolini before stage two of the 2015 3-Days of De Panne

(Image credit: Watson)

Luca Paolini (Katusha) took to Twitter late on Friday to publicly apologise, after he was notified that day by the UCI that he had returned a positive test for benzoylecgonine metabolite, better known as cocaine.

The adverse analytical finding was from an in-competition test on July 7 during the Tour de France, according to the UCI, with Paolini strongly denying he had taken the recreational drug, telling La Gazetta dello Sport: "I do not know what to say, I'm stunned. I did not take cocaine."

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