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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2005, 12:39 GMT 13:39 UK
Unnamed Tour rider tests positive
The positive test came after stage five of this year's Tour
A "second-tier" rider at the Tour de France has tested positive for traces of a restricted substance, according to the International Cycling Union (UCI).

The rider will remain unnamed pending investigation, but UCI spokesman Enrico Carpani said it was not a top cyclist.

"It's a second-tier rider - not Lance Armstrong or Robbie McEwen, nor any of the leading riders," said Carpani.

The unidentified rider tested positive for norpseudoephedrine on 6 July after the fifth stage, which McEwen won.

Norpseudoephedrine, also known as cathine, is related to pseudoephedrine, an ingredient in Sudafed and other over-the-counter cold remedies.




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