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Old 07-27-07, 03:12 PM   #24
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"The net is beginning to tighten around the Columbian climber Mauricio Soler Hernandez of Team Barloworld.

Early Friday, Radio France reported that one of the riders wearing a Tour's leader jersey at the completion of the fourteenth stage had tested positive for doping. Further, according to information received by TV2 Sports, Team Barloworld received an unannounced visit from the French police Friday evening.

"In any case there are persistent rumors that Soler is under strong suspicion as the latest doping sinner," reported TV2 Sport's reporter Jasper Stadum from France on Friday evening.

The positive urine sample was taken at Plateau de Beille, after Alberto Contador had beaten Michael Rasmussen in the their one-on-one duel with each other.

Late Friday afternoon, suspicion had intensified about Soler, when bookmakers in England and Italy suspended betting on whether Soler would win the polka-dot jersey when the Tour reached Paris. "
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