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July 14, 2005

French officials raid Tour vehicles

procycling.com | Customs raid team vehicles

Procycling magazine happened upon a doping check being performed on 2 team vehicles today near Gap.

Phonak's camper and a Liberty Seguros van were checked. Apparently, vehicles from AG2R, Bouyges Telecom and Davitamon-Lotto also had vehicles searched, but "no seizures were made."

Procycling could be retitled "prodoping" this week, as they also have a story on the release of Dario Frigo and his wife from police custody, with this choice quote:

Fassa Bortolo’s general manager, Giancarlo Ferretti was enraged by his rider’s downfall. “Two years ago, I took him back to give him a second chance. I thought he had made a mistake and that he had acknowledged it. I was wrong. Frigo is a halfwit, he’s not devious. He’s a delinquent who should be placed with other delinquents. He has nothing to offer cycling and those at the roadside, and I really hope that his career is over and that no other teams take him on.”

Finally, to complete the theme, a doping expert explaining how riders could use “microdoses” of EPO to keep hematocrit high and avoid detection. His solution: Urine test before, rather than after, stages.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 14, 2005 in Doping, Tour news | Permalink

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