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Tour de France Doping Test Controversy

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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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