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Old 10-07-08, 02:44 PM
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UCI Press Release

Press release : Analysis of Tour de France samples by the AFLD: three abnormal results

Date: 07.10.2008


The French Anti-Doping Agency (Agence Française de Lutte contre le Dopage – AFLD) has informed the International Cycling Union (UCI) of the results of first analyses of repeat tests conducted on samples taken during this year's Tour de France to detect any use of EPO (CERA in particular).

The AFLD informed the UCI of the existence of three abnormal results that correspond to samples taken from Leonardo Piepoli, Riccardo Riccò and Stefan Schumacher.

The UCI congratulates the AFLD on the excellent work it carried out during the Tour de France. The collaboration with the AFLD shows that cycling as a whole rejects any kind of doping and is committed to eradicating cheating.

The correspondence of the results obtained by the AFLD with the information gathered under the biological passport system confirms the reliability of the latter. The biological passport was introduced this year and will soon be fully operational.

A thorough approach and the deployment of all possible means are vital if we are to safeguard the interests of those riders who are clean, who make up the great majority of the peloton. Such rigour applies to all concerned. In this respect, the UCI was extremely disappointed to learn of the allegations made recently by several media organisations regarding a number of riders, whose names were mentioned, completely unfairly, in this context.

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I thought we already knew about Riccò?
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So is this putting to rest all the speculation about the CSC people not named Schleck?
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Originally Posted by rankin116 View Post
So is this putting to rest all the speculation about the CSC people not named Schleck?
Remember that the allegations about Schleck are in regard to to a payment made over a year ago, well before Team CSC initiated its internal testing program. It is conceivable that Schleck is guilty of doping, but not guilty of doping at the 2008 Tour or any time this year.

As for the other CSC riders, unless not all results are out yet or the authorities are holding back for some other reason, the lack of results for them suggest that their blood samples (if indeed any were tested) were clean.
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