BRUSSELS (AP) ‚Dutch cyclist Thomas Dekker will not take part in the Tour de France after testing positive for the illegal blood-booster EPO.
His Silence-Lotto team says Wednesday that the cyclist recently learned a retested urine sample taken in December 2007 contained the banned hormone. Dekker was riding for the Dutch racing team Rabobank when the sample was taken.
Dekker joined Silence-Lotto last year on a two-year contract.
Silence-Lotto team leader Marc Sergeant says he was "very disappointed" by the news, adding he moved to suspend and replace Dekker ahead of the Tour.
The Tour de France starts Saturday in Monaco.
Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.
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