Former Gerolsteiner rider Stefan Schumacher, who failed a doping test at the Tour de France, said Thursday he will sue the French anti-doping authorities (AFLD) for defamation.
“I have been judged and pilloried,” Schumacher, who has always denied doping, wrote on his Web site. “My conscience is clear.”
“I don’t want to stop here and I will not stop here,” Schumacher added. “The people who have always believed in me and continue to do so and don’t deserve this.”
Schumacher is one of four riders to have failed a test for the new EPO variant known as CERA at this year’s Tour de France.
The German rider caused a minor sensation when he won both time trials, leaving Switzerland’s two-time world champion Fabian Cancellara in his wake.
At the start of October, the German cycling federation received documents confirming a double positive test for Schumacher.
The AFLD claimed the rider tested for CERA on July 3, two days before the start of the Tour and on July 15, a rest day at Pau.