February 23, 2004
UCI will closely monitor riders with ‘irregularities’procycling.com | UCI increases scrutiny on suspected dopers
Apparently, the UCI won't wait for a positive drug test, but will take high but not illegal readings as probable cause for greater scrutiny on future tests.
According to L’Equipe, the UCI is set to put together a list of riders who gave irregular blood test results last season and will monitor these riders more closely than usual in the coming months to assess any possible indications of doping. In the letter the UCI says: "By being able to assess the amount of haemoglobin and reticulocytes (immature red blood cells), we can obtain information which, although it might not be formal proof of doping, is highly indicative of use of forbidden products, whether that be EPO, NESP or blood transfusion."
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