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Colombian cycling champion charged with smuggling heroin

Colombian cyclist Gustavo Wilches was found to have swallowed 40 capsules of heroin when stopped by customs officials at Bogota's Eldorado airport on Wednesday. The 39-year-old 1990 Tour of Colombia champion cracked under questioning and told police he had swallowed the drugs before attempting to board a flight to Mexico, he was then rushed to hospital for a stomach-pump. Wilches was a top Colombian Tour de France rider in the 1980s. Copyright AFP 2001

By VeloNews Interactive Wire Services, Copyright AFP 2001

Colombian cyclist Gustavo Wilches was found to have swallowed 40 capsules of heroin when stopped by customs officials at Bogota’s Eldorado airport on Wednesday.

The 39-year-old 1990 Tour of Colombia champion cracked under questioning and told police he had swallowed the drugs before attempting to board a flight to Mexico, he was then rushed to hospital for a stomach-pump.

Wilches was a top Colombian Tour de France rider in the 1980s.

Copyright AFP 2001