Frigo arrested over EPO possession
COURCHEVEL: Italian cyclist Dario Frigo was arrested Wednesday in Courchevel after doping products were found in his wife’s car at the toll station at Albertville, police said.
Customs officials and local police arrested Frigo’s wife Tuesday with about 10 doses of the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO. An Albertville prosecutor was due to question the couple Wednesday afternoon. Frigo, of the Fassa Bortolo team, was 52nd in the Tour de France standings after Tuesday’s 10th stage. Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc confirmed that Frigo’s wife was arrested near Chambery with what he called pharmaceutical products.
He said tour officials don’t know what the products are. Frigo was arrested Wednesday morning at the team hotel and is now in detention, he said, adding that the police force “is doing its work.” Leblanc said Frigo is “a recidivist” who has run-ins with the police and anti-doping controls in the past. He said drug cheats need to be expelled. “If the accusations are confirmed, Frigo would show that he’s part of this generation of riders who have understood nothing, who didn’t want to listen,” Leblanc said. ap