Tour de France Doping Test Controversy

The UCI has come out with a 12-page response against the French anti-doping agency's earlier claim that Astana received special treatment in doping tests during this year's Tour de France.

According to the response, as reported by VeloNews: "The UCI is disappointed and angry that a partner in theinternational fight against doping chooses to submit such a groundlessreport which undermines rider and public confidence in the anti-dopingprogramme conducted at the 2009 Tour de France."

The UCI also notes that the French agency labeled the samples it took--mostly of French cyclists--with the full names and details of the riders, which violates the international policy of anonymous testing.

--Aileen Torres

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