Tour de France

Europcar deny doping claims

2012-06-27 22:57
Jean-Rene Bernaudeau (File)

Liege - Europcar manager Jean-Rene Bernaudeau has denied any wrongdoing after a report in L'Equipe newspaper said a preliminary investigation had been opened in France into alleged doping within the French team on Wednesday.

"I have called my lawyer immediately. We have a clear conscience and we will answer every question as we have always done," Bernaudeau, who will lead his team on the Tour de France from Saturday, told Reuters.

L'Equipe said a Paris prosecutor had opened a preliminary investigation into alleged doping practices in August 2011.

"Nothing is established yet," prosecutor Dominique Perard was quoted as saying by L'Equipe. "You know, we open a lot of preliminary investigations and it often leads to nothing."

He said the investigation focused on last year's Tour de France, when Frenchman Thomas Voeckler of Europcar had a brilliant run to finish fourth overall.

Team-mate Pierre Rolland also won the prestigious mountain stage to L'Alpe d'Huez.

The news comes three days before the Tour de France, an event often marred by doping scandals, starts in Liege on Saturday.

Europcar are a member of the MPCC (Movement for a credible cycling), who endorse a strong anti-doping stance.

Read more on:    tdf  |  cycling


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk



What do you enjoy most about the Tour de France?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.