Cofidis riders probed for allegedly breaking doping laws

PARIS: French Cofidis riders Cedric Vasseur and Mederic Clain were placed under judicial investigation by a court here on Thursday for allegedly breaking doping laws, judicial sources confirmed. 

Vasseur and Clain were both later released. 

The arrests are part of an ongoing investigation into the Cofidis team, France's number one cycling outfit. 

Cofidis came under the spotlight after Polish rider Marek Rutkiewicz, who left the team at the end of the 2003 season, was arrested along with team physio Bogdan Madejak last January. 

Madejak is accused of being part of a drugs smuggling ring and has now been suspended by the team, who boast a string of top riders including world champions David Millar and Igor Astarloa. 

Five people have already been put under judicial investigation, which in France is a step before being charged, as part of this affair.  

Drugs squad officers have since March last year being investigating an alleged traffic of at least ten doping products around the Cofidis team.– AFP  

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