Cipollini racing the 1996 Tour de France.    

18 Positives, 12 Suspicious from 1998 Tour

French Senate releases full list

A report from the French Senate released today has identified 18 positive and 12 suspicious test results from the 1998 Tour de France. Among the riders testing positive for EPO or with suspicious values are the entire race podium of Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich, and Bobby Julich; Erik Zabel, the race's green jersey winner; Mario Cipollini, one of the most winning sprinters in history, and Abraham Olano, winner of the 1998 Vuelta a Espana.

Contrary to the report released by Le Monde third-place finisher Julich did not test positive for EPO but is included on a list of riders with suspicious results.

Responding on Twitter, Garmin-Sharp CEO Jonathan Vaughters, an anti-doping advocate, wrote: “Re ’98 tests:small percentage of guys were tested. Smaller% were still taking epo after police raids started. Names in report? Meaningless.”

Vaughters went on to clarify that the Festina Affair of 1998 likely lowered the number of riders taking EPO in the race and had testing been done three to four days before the scandal, "100% of participants would be positive. But due to testing constraints only certain names [were] revealed."

The full list of positives include the following riders: Andrea Tafi, Erik Zabel, Bo Hamburger (twice), Laurent Jalabert, Marcos Serrano, Jens Heppner, Jeroen Blijlevens, Nicola Minali, Mario Cipollini, Fabio Sacchi, Eddy Mazzoleni, Jacky Durand, Abraham Olano, Laurent Desbiens, Marco Pantani, Manuel Beltran, Jan Ullrich (twice), and Kevin Livingston (twice).

Riders on the suspicious list include Ermanno Brignoli, Alain Turicchia, Pascal Chanteur, Frederic Moncassin, Bobby Julich, Roland Meier, Giuseppe Calcaterra, Stefano Zanini, Eddy Mazzoleni, Stephane Barthe, Stuart O'Grady, and Axel Merckx.


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Brazilian Teen Dies From Shark Bite

Died from blood loss

A shark attacked a drowning Brazilian teen mere seconds before she could be rescued by lifeguards Monday. Bruna Gobbi, was rushed to the Restauracao hospital in the city of Recife but sadly died of her injuries.

Gobbi, 18, was visiting Recife from her hometown of Sao Paulo. The attack took place while she was swimming with her cousin, Daniele Gobbi, at Boa Viagem beach. Lifeguards saw the two struggling and began to swim towards the pair, but before they could reach her, a shark latched onto Bruna’s leg and began to pull her under. The shark eventually let go and lifeguards were able to bring her to shore.

“The rescuers came in a matter of five minutes, but to us it felt like five years,” said Daniele. “We knew there were risks of a shark attack but I thought this would occur in a deeper sector.”

58 shark attacks have been reported in Recife over the past 21 years, 28 of them fatal.


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WATCH: Hang Glider Flies With Dog

Service animal for anxiety

Shadow the dog got his name because he wouldn't stop following owner Dan McManus around. This month, the Australian cattle dog started accompanying his human into the skies as well.

McManus, a hang glider pilot from Salt Lake City, created a special harness to allow Shadow, a psychiatric service dog that McManus keeps to help him with separation anxiety, to come with him on his regular flights. "He always liked to chase me," McManus said. "So I would be out here flying and he would chase me and jump up at me and sometimes get my foot and hang on a little bit."

McManus, who owns and operates Eagle's Nest Hang Gliding and Paragliding, has been flying for 33 years. See the pair in flight below.


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Mini Cooper Reveals Camper Concepts

Tent, trailer, and camper

If you're a Mini Cooper disciple with an incongruous fondness for road trips—check it out: Mini has released three prototypes for car campers, including the world's smallest camper.

The new Clubvan Camper is pretty sweet—with a bed for one and a miniature kitchenette, complete with stove and fridge—but the pop-up rooftop tent, known as the Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp, or the Cowley Caravan trailer might be more likely to come to market one of these days.

Mini Clubman Camper

Mini Countryman ALL4 Camp

Cowley Caravan