Doping probe into Tour de France cyclists
French anti-doping agency AFLD catches cheating athletes using new test.8 October 2008
BERLIN -- French national anti-doping agency (AFLD) chief Pierre Bordry on Wednesday said there was "considerable evidence" of doping irregularities from blood transfusions taken at the 2008 Tour de France.
"We possess considerable evidence from blood transfusions. We will only say later who it is", Bordry told German TV station ZDF.
He added that anti-doping officials were concentrating on looking for traces of banned substance EPO, "but we will soon be able to test the transfusions thanks to a new procedure, and we are going to do these tests.
"Some suspected cyclists returned to normal levels, but it was astonishing to see at what point their performances had then slowed", said Bordry.
Bordry added he was already in contact with around 30 cyclists who may be involved in the latest Tour de France scandal.
Earlier in October two cyclists tested positive for the new performance-enhancing drug CERA.
Leading German cyclist Stefan Schumacher tested positive on Monday while Leonardo Piepoli received a 20-month ban.
During the Tour only four drug users were caught: Manuel Beltran, of Liquigas, and Barloworld rider Moises Duenas tested positive for EPO.
Italian star Riccardo Ricco then tested positive for CERA, and on the race's final day Dmitri Fofonov, who rides for Credit Agricole, tested positive for a banned stimulant.
[AFP / Expatica]