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Police at Liquigas team's hotel, take away Beltran after positive test

Updated: July 12, 2008, 9:48 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

AURILLAC, France -- The Tour de France just got dirtier.

Veteran Spanish rider Manuel Beltran was kicked off the scandal-ridden Tour and was taken into police custody to be questioned Friday after testing positive for EPO.

Liquigas cycling team spokesman Paolo Barbieri said Beltran was suspended from the team and that police were searching other Liquigas riders' rooms. If a second backup sample is also positive, Beltran will be fired, Barbieri said.

"When are these idiots ...

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