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June 25, 2004

ASO: We'll ban riders investigated or implicated

National Post | Tour de France to bar cyclists investigated in doping probes

The Associated Press said Tour organizers will ban any riders investigated or implicated in doping probes from the 2004 Tour.

AP claims that Amaury Sport Organisation posted a brief statement on their website, but I can't find it yet at either the ASO page or the main Tour site.

According to the story linked above:

Organizers said they "could not accept the participation of any rider involved in a judicial procedure or implicated in a police inquiry."

They said the decision was taken in response to doping probes both in France and overseas.

The statement came after a report in the French sports newspaper L'Equipe that world champion cyclist David Millar admitted to doping under police questioning, which could keep him out of the Tour de France and the Olympic Games,

The British rider's team, Cofidis, said it would "apply its principle of zero tolerance" and immediately sanction Millar if he did admit to doping.

UCI rules treat an admission as equivalent to a positive drug test. The reference to "doping probes both in France and overseas" appears to be aimed at the current probe involving Italian riders. There's also an ongoing investigation into Australian Olympic riders, but so far, I don't believe any roadies are implicated.

Posted by Frank Steele on June 25, 2004 in Cofidis probe, David Millar, Doping, Tour news | Permalink

Comments

Millar? Bummer. Is that Phil Liggett's heart breaking that I hear?

Posted by: lancefan at Jun 25, 2004 1:44:33 PM