Lelli arrested in Lille

Monday, August 2, 2004 11.00pm
After being mentioned by David Millar and Philippe Gaumont during the Nanterre inquiry, Massimiliano
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE Cofidis rider Massimiliano Lelli has been arrested today by French anti-doping police. Although later released from custody, the 36-year-old ltalian is set to be questioned by magistrate Richard Pallain, who is heading the Nanterre-based investigation which has already seen eight people questioned about suspected doping infractions. When questioned by Pallain recently, David Millar said that he had been introduced to the use of EPO by Lelli when he stayed with the Italian in August 2001. The Briton described how Lelli bought EPO from contacts in Italy, while the Briton stayed in the Italian's car outside. Millar admitted that both riders had then taken EPO in preparation for the 2001 Vuelta. Lelli was in Lille in order to explain to the Cofidis hierarchy why his name had been mentioned by both Millar and Philippe Gaumont during the Nanterre investigations.

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