Le Monde: "Petacchi suspected of doping"


"...he is the object of an investigation in Italy for use of banned substances, according to a statement by the Italian agency Ansa. The investigation began before the Tour. Bottles of perfluoro-carbure...and human albumin [sorry, don't know what this translates to, just transcribing] were seized from the home of the 36-yr-old rider." Also investigated: 2 "ex-compagnons de course" of Petacchi (this likely but not necessarily means ex-teammates), and two amateurs. Petacchi's lawyer says he'll furnish proof of innocence.