Eurosport - Sat, 03 Jul 11:28:00 2010
Cervelo will have an eight-man team at the Tour de France after sending home Xavier Florencio a day before the start of La Grande Boucle for a violation of team policy.
Florencio, the winner of the 2006 San Sebastian Classic, used a substance containing ephedrine to treat a saddle discomfort without clearing it with the team's medical staff.
A statement read: "Although he was nominated for the team, the team has decided to immediately withdraw him due to a violation of internal policies.
"Consistent with the team's internal values, TestTeam riders are required to obtain permission from the team's medical staff before they can use any supplements or medication.
"This evening, the team learned that Xavier Florencio has been using a substance containing ephedrine to treat a saddle discomfort. This substance was not cleared in advance with the medical staff. This usage without clearance violates the internal policy.
"The rider is suspended from competition until the team can make a final determination based on all the facts. At this point there is no information yet on whether the rider can or will be replaced."