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French police detain Lelli for role in team doping

Updated: August 4, 2004, 2:46 PM ET
Reuters

LILLE, France -- French police detained Italian cyclist Massimiliano Lelli for questioning Tuesday over the doping affair surrounding his Cofidis team, judicial sources said.

The 36-year-old Lelli, who has been cycling for Cofidis since 1998, was arrested at his team's headquarters in northern France after a meeting with his employer.

"It was not a meeting prior to a sacking but a call for explanations after the accusations made against him," Cofidis spokesman Alexandre Michaud said. ...

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