French court sentences 23 in doping ring

Former Tour de France King of the Mountains leader Laurent Roux gets a substantial prison sentence f

Former Tour de France King of the Mountains leader Laurent Roux gets a substantial prison sentence f

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A Bordeaux court has sentenced 23 people to up to four years in prison for their involvement in a drugs ring that supplied a cocktail of amphetamines to French amateur riders. Among those found guilty on Monday was former TVM and Castorama pro Laurent Roux, who received a 30-month prison sentence - 20 of them suspended - for his role in the so called 'pot belge' doping ring.

"I think the sentence is relatively long and that I will appeal the decision," Roux said as he left the court. Roux's younger brother, Fabien, received a 24-month (15 suspended) sentence for his involvement in the ring. The brothers have already spent eight months in provisional custody.

"They want to sentence me and say everything is fine. I am the only top-level sportsman to have spent eight months in a cell for doping and I think that's a lot," Roux added.

Freddy Sergant, a former ZG Mobili and ADR soigneur, who supplied the drugs, was sentenced to four years in prison. He has already spent one year in custody pending the verdict by the court.

In total, 23 were found guilty of involvement in the ring including former mountain world mountain bike champion Christophe Dupouey, who was given a suspended sentence of three months, and ex-pro Eddy Lembo, who got a suspended sentence of 16 months. Laurent Biondi, who is currently suspended from his position as assistant director of the Ag2r team during the case, was given a suspended sentence of three months. Those involved were also fined 180,000 euros between them.

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