Cyclist tests positive for EPO

Updated: July 1, 2009, 10:55 AM ET
Reuters

MONACO -- Thomas Dekker has been ruled out of the Tour de France after a positive test for the banned blood-booster EPO, his Silence-Lotto team said.

"We have learnt on Wednesday morning that new tests ... on samples from December 24, 2007, have proved positive for EPO," Silence-Lotto said on its Web site.

"He [Dekker] has been immediately put on a list of 'non-active' riders," sports director Marc Sergeant said.

At the time of the test, Dekker was riding for the Rabobank team.