AFLD To Ask For Additional Tour Tests

PARIS, May 12, 2010 – The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) will ask the International Cycling Union and the World Anti-Doping Agency to be able to conduct their own additional anti-doping controls on the Tour de France.

“We are a national agency, we are not qualified for an international competition but we can ask for supplementary controls,” AFLD president Pierre Bordry told on Wednesday.

“So we intend to ask them while applying rules adopted this weekend,” he said on the sidelines of French parliamentary round-table talks on doping.

The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) executive committee, meeting in Montreal, on Sunday clarified a point in its anti-doping code which specifies that national agencies can conduct controls during competition in their respective countries, on top of tests carried out by the relevant international federations.

The AFLD can thus put in a request to the International Cycing Union (UCI) at least 35 days before the start of the July 3-25 Tour de France, and in case of a negative, or lack of, response make a similar demand of WADA at least 21 days before.

The AFLD has long been at loggerheads with the UCI over who is responsible for anti-doping controls during the Tour de France.

After working together last year, both parties accused the other of incompetence and vowed to never work together again.

Because of these differences, the UCI has since the start of the year relied on a Lausanne laboratory to undertake analysis of tests taken during races in France.

They used to be analyzed at the Chatenay-Malabry laboratory in France, which is administratively linked to the AFLD.