Despite a pharmacist admitting he may have been to blame for Christophe Brandt's positive test, LottPICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE The Lotto-Domo team have sacked Christophe Brandt, who was forced to leave the Tour earlier this week after producing a positive test for methadone. A statement by team manager Christophe Sercu said: "On Friday the Lotto-Domo team decided to release the rider Christophe Brandt, after his positive tests in the antidoping controls at the Tour de France on July 5 and 9." The statement continued: "The declarations and explanations of the rider, made via his lawyers to the team's management, have not convinced us that we should continue with this collaboration." Brandt told the team on Thursday he had worked out how traces of methadone had been found in his body. "I went, with a lawyer and a witness who had been sworn in, to see a pharmacist from whom I bought some food supplements a few weeks ago. The pharmacist admitted having handled methadone before he prepared the Arginine and Ortinine gels that had been prescribed for me by the Lotto-Domo team doctor, Daniel De Neve, because I often had liver problems," Brandt explained in his defence However, with Brandt already facing a doping ban, Lotto-Domo have decided that his excuses were insufficient reason to keep him on their roster.