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Doping Scandal Casts Shadow over Tour de France

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PARIS, France (April 14) -The doping investigation which prompted top French cycling team Cofidis to withdraw from competition has already cast a deep shadow over July’s Tour de France. The scandal has stirred up memories of the 1998 “Tour of Shame” which was rocked by police raids and led to the Festina trial in 2000 […]

PARIS, France (April 14) -The doping investigation which prompted top French cycling team Cofidis to withdraw from competition has already cast a deep shadow over July’s Tour de France.
The scandal has stirred up memories of the 1998 “Tour of Shame” which was rocked by police raids and led to the Festina trial in 2000 in which Richard Virenque and his team mates revealed the widespread use of doping in cycling.
Tour de France chief Jean-Marie Leblanc has so far declined to take any measures against Cofidis, even though he has already barred Spanish team Kelme from the race on doping grounds. “Let’s be patient. Let’s wait for the knots to untie,” Leblanc said after Cofidis, battered by a doping scandal for months, announced last Friday that they were pulling out of competition until further notice. “If facts were revealed, the International Cycling Union (UCI) would take measures and we would be led to follow suit,” Leblanc added. (MH)

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