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“I’m sad and disappointed, and if I tell you what I honestly think they might use it against me and fire me as well,” Andy Schleck said.

The three-week Tour has now lost 10 of its original 198 starters, with another three dropping out Friday. They included veteran American rider Christian Vande Velde. Riding with back pain and a blood clot in a neck muscle from a crash on Wednesday’s Stage 5, the 37-year-old tumbled again, on a bridge.

“I was on top and underneath a lot of people,” he said. “I won’t be back next year. This was my last Grand Tour. It’s not a great way to go.”

The Garmin-Sharp rider last year testified to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that he took banned performance-enhancers when he rode with Lance Armstrong on the U.S. Postal Service team.

This Tour is the first since Armstrong was last year stripped of his seven Tour titles from 1999-2005 for serial doping.