Following the exclusion of pre-race favourite Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), race leader Michael Rasmussen (Rabobank) and Christian Moreni (Cofidis) from the race, hopes that the Tour de France would get to Paris with no further scandals appear uncertain due to rumours that another doping case has taken place.
Unconfirmed reports have said that a prominent rider tested positive on last Sunday's Pyrenean stage to Plateau de Beille.
According to these reports, the positive case involves one of the jersey holders from that day. These were the-then maillot jaune Rasmussen, stage winner Contador [white jersey], maillot a pois wearer Juan Maurico Soler (Barloworld) and points leader Tom Boonen.
Belgian website HLN.be has gone a step further, saying that Soler is the rider in question. Other reports this evening have placed French police at the Barloworld hotel.
Tour de France organisers ASO have called a press conference for 11 am on Saturday, where they are expected to elaborate further on the situation.