The Biggest TdF Scandals: 1966—The First Drug Tests

Forget about Lance Armstrong. These ten scandals rocked cycling to its core.

Jul 15, 2013
Outside Magazine

French hero Raymond Poulidor.    Photo: Nationaal Archief Fotocollectie Anefo

Widespread use of performance enhancing drugs was common since the first days of the Tour de France. In an effort to control drug use in sport, France passed a national anti-doping law in 1965 and introduced drug testing at the 1966 Tour. The first doping control was carried out following the eighth stage, with several riders being ordered to submit to testing.

Among those told to provide a urine sample and submit to an examination by doctors was French hero Raymond Poulidor. The following day, the entire peloton protested the tests by walking their bikes for the first part of the ninth stage in Bordeaux while shouting, “No to pissing in test tubes!”

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