Police search Russian's hotel at Tour de France

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July 12, 2011, 12:59 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

In this June 9, 2011, file photo Alexandr Kolobnev of Russia, left, rides in the breakaway group during the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189 kilometers (117.5 miles) starting in Aigurande and finishing in Super Besse Sancy, central France, Saturday July 9, 2011.
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AURILLAC, France (AP) — A French official says police didn't find doping products in a search of Russian rider Alexandr Kolobnev's hotel room, after the rider failed a doping test during the Tour de France. Jean-Pascal Violet, the public prosecutor for the town of Aurillac, tells The Associated Press that he's opened an investigation in connection with the incident involving Kolobnev.

The rider dropped out of the Tour on Monday after the International Cycling Union said a urine sample collected from Kolobnev last Wednesday tested positive for Hydrochlorothiazide, a diuretic that can also be used as a masking agent.
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