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Moreni flunks test, team withdraws as police search hotel

Updated: July 25, 2007, 5:26 PM ET
Associated Press

GOURETTE, France -- Doping again overshadowed racing at the Tour de France on Wednesday when an Italian rider was thrown out for failing a drug test, detained by police and had his hotel searched.

Cristian Moreni's positive test for testosterone prompted the withdrawal of his entire Cofidis team. Police were searching his hotel, and French TV showed police officers stationed on the premises.

Moreni's case fueled the deep sense of crisis already hanging over the race ...

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