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Di Gregorio suspended after ‘doping’ arrest

By Matt McEechan

The Cofidis team have suspended Remy Di Gregorio after the French rider was reportedly taken in by police for questioning over alleged doping offences.

Di Gregorio, who is currently competing in the Tour de France for Cofidis, has been taken to Marseille to help the police with their enquiries, according to reports.

The team have reacted quickly by suspending the 26-year-old “as a precaution” pending further investigation into the matter.

“We have at present very little information about the events which allegedly took place,” read a Cofidis team statement.

“Nevertheless, suspicions about the rider in question, Remy Di Gregorio, lead us to apply strict and immediate sanctions in force in our team regarding the violation of ethics rules.

“Remy di Gregorio is therefore suspended, now, as a precaution, pending further information concerning the facts alleged against him. If these facts are established, it will be dealt with as specified by the terms of the contract and the ethics policy of the team.”

The Cofidis team insisted that

the allegations against their rider would not force their withdrawal from the race, adding in the statement: “This isolated incident should not affect the team participation in the Tour de France.”

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