Jun 3, 2003 4:33 PM
|Possible EPO victim? EPO will thicken your blood leading to potential clotting problems if un-checked.
Tragically, it may open a slot for another team in the tour.
French cyclist Fabrice Salanson died in his sleep on the eve of the Tour of Germany in Dresden, race officials said on Tuesday.
Salanson on his way to winning the second stage of the 2002 Midi Libre
Race director Roland Hofer told a news conference that the 23-year-old Brioches La Boulangere rider was found in his hotel room and had died between 2:30 and 4 a.m. local time.
It was not known what caused his death, Hofer said. A post mortem was to be carried out at the local hospital. Police were investigating.
Team manager Jean-Rene Bernadeau said that Salanson's roommate, Sylvain Chavanel, had found him lying at the foot of his bed when he went to wake him in the morning.
"Chavanel told me that they (the riders) had a quiet evening on Monday. He (Chavanel) only realized Fabrice was dead when he went to wake him up," said Bernadeau.
"We can't make any comments about the cause of the death as Fabrice was in great physical shape. We have to wait for the post-mortem. This is the kind of things which can sometimes happen but it's a terrible tragedy."
The team decided to withdraw from the tour and was returning to France, said Bernadeau.
German rider Udo Bolts told Reuters in Dresden: "I was in the same hotel and the other riders were in a state of complete shock. They don't know what to say."
Salanson joined the Brioches team this year after riding with Bonjour from 2000-2002. He won two professional events, with his most important victory on the second stage of the Midi Libre in May 2002. Salanson also had a stage win in the Tour de l'Avenir in 2000, his first year of professional cycling.
Brioches were one of six French teams named last month to ride in this year's Tour de France.
|Title Edit: 23yr old TDF cyclist found dead in his hotel nm||pitt83|
Jun 3, 2003 5:01 PM
|Excuse me, Mr. Cipollini, where were you on the night of... nm||purplepaul|
Jun 3, 2003 6:00 PM
|What are the Tour ramifications?||TJeanloz|
Jun 4, 2003 7:34 AM
|The real question here, is that if an autopsy links Salanson's death to doping (EPO or otherwise), what do you do with his team's selection to the Tour? If it were an Italian team, I bet LeBlanc would toss the team, and chalk it up to "being serious about doping"; but a French team?
This is one of their top 5 riders, and certainly somebody whose results the ASO had based its invitation on. On the other hand, the team still has some of the top-shelf French talent - Didier Rous, Sylvain Chavanel, etc. In considering that, I'm not sure they could justify excluding those riders. I could see drug tests all-around for the team though, and I hope they do get more scrutiny over the next few weeks...
|Team is out of the tour||pitt83|
Jun 4, 2003 9:23 AM
|Quote from Reuters article: "The team decided to withdraw from the tour and was returning to France, said Bernadeau. "
Doubt it opens a new slot, but perhaps?
Horribly tragic in any case.
|Team is out of the tour, the Tour of Germany, that is (nm)||TJeanloz|
Jun 4, 2003 9:46 AM