June 25, 2004
ASO: We'll ban riders investigated or implicated
The Associated Press said Tour organizers will ban any riders investigated or implicated in doping probes from the 2004 Tour.
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.
Millar? Bummer. Is that Phil Liggett's heart breaking that I hear?
Posted by: lancefan at Jun 25, 2004 1:44:33 PM