Officials made a round of arrests in connection with French Rider Remy Di Gregorio and two other individuals involved with supplying banned substances. The arrest of Di Gregorio took place at his hotel in Bourg-en-Bresse where one of the other individuals was also apprehended, the other in Marseille. He has since been banned from competition as well.
The investigation into Di Gregorio’s drug use began as far back as last June. The case was led by a French agency specifically charged with doping investigations, the OCLAESP, and Marseille Police.
This is not the first time drug scandal has been coupled with the Tour de France. Two-time Tour winner Alberto Contador is currently sitting out of the race due to a suspension following his 2010 drug charges.
Seven-time tour champion Lance Armstrong also faces drug charges, but vehemently denies the allegations. Armstrong has gone so far as to file a lawsuit against the US Anti-Doping Agency in an effort to halt their case against him. Originally thrown out by the judge, followed by sharp criticism, Armstrong’s case has been revived a second time in an effort to clear his name.
Once considered one of France’s most promising young riders, Di Gregorio went pro in 2005. At 26, he was in 36th place overall before last night’s arrest. Pending conclusive findings, Di Gregorio is currently suspended, should the results of the investigation prove he was in fact doping he will be sacked outright from further competition.