Frigo Arrested on Suspicion of Doping

From Associated Press

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.

Police said Frigo’s wife was arrested Tuesday with about 10 doses of the banned endurance-boosting hormone EPO. An Albertville prosecutor questioned the couple Wednesday. The vials have been sent to Luxembourg to be analyzed.

Frigo, of the Fassa Bortolo team, was 52nd in the Tour de France standings after Tuesday’s 10th stage.

Frigo was arrested Wednesday morning at the team hotel and is now in detention, Tour director Jean-Marie Leblanc said, adding that the police force “is doing its work.”


Leblanc said drug cheats needed 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.

Fassa Bortolo spokesman Andrea Agostini said Frigo’s arrest did not involve the team.

“This affair only concerns Dario Frigo, and not the team,” Agostini said.


Frigo was accused last year along with nine other cyclists and two physical therapists in Italy in connection with a drug scandal at the 2001 Giro D’Italia.