Fourth Rider Positive in Tour de France

Posted: July 28, 2008 in cycling, Road, tour de france
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Dmitri Fofonov (AFP/Getty Images)

Dmitri Fofonov (AFP/Getty Images)

Dmitri Fofonov of Kazakhstan has tested positive for a banned stimulant, according to his Credit Agricole team yesterday on the final day of the Tour de France.

The 31-year-old, who learned of his positive test after finishing 19th overall in the race on Sunday, explained to his team he bought a product over the internet to fight cramps. He has been suspended and is now facing the sack.

Having been a professional for only 10 years this year, Fofonov has only picked up three wins: the national time trial title (2000), a stage on the Tour of Catalonia (2002) and a stage on the Dauphine Libéré earlier this year. This is such a basic  and stupid error to make and now his career is at stake. Tell me – was it really worth it?

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