Contador, Astana Say They Have Nothing To Hide

PARIS, Oct 14, 2009 (AFP) - Spain's reigning Tour de France champion Alberto Contador played down the threat of a drugs probe that was launched a day before the presentation of next year's race. Paris prosecutors on Tuesday revealed they had launched an investigation after the discovery of suspicious medical equipment including "syringes and drips" during the Tour de France in July. … [Read more...]

Tour de France Doping Investigation Opened

Paris prosecutors on Tuesday revealed that they have launched an investigation after the discovery of suspicious medical equipment including "syringes and drips" during the Tour de France in July. The inquiry will be carried out by police officers from the Center for the Prevention of Damage to the Environment and Public Health (OCLAESP), prosecutors added. The probe was launched last … [Read more...]

UCI Responds To AFLD Attack

A doping inspector with the International Cycling Union (UCI) has backed the body's claims that Lance Armstrong's team were not given special treatment by UCI anti-doping inspectors at the 2009 Tour de France. Doctors from France's national anti-doping agency (AFLD) carried out most of the drug testing at July's three-week epic, won by Armstrong's Astana teammate Alberto Contador, under the … [Read more...]

AFLD Chief Slams The UCI and Astana

French anti-doping chiefs (AFLD) said Wednesday they were surprised at the lack of positive doping tests at this year's Tour de France and said they won't collaborate with world cycling's ruling body next year. And the AFLD maintained its claims that the Astana team of Lance Armstrong and eventual winner Alberto Contador were among the most "blatant" when it came to delays during doping … [Read more...]

Team Astana And Contador Had Easy Ride On Dope Tests Claims Newspaper Le Monde

The International Cycling Union (UCI) on Monday rejected accusations by the French Anti-doping Agency (AFLD) that they showed the Astana team preferential treatment over drug tests at the Tour de France. French newspapers Le Monde and Le Figaro alleged that the team of race winner Alberto Contador and third-placed Lance Armstrong was given an easy ride at the 2009 event. They quoted a … [Read more...]

French Minister Says UCI Must Not Waver

VITTEL, France, July 16, 2009 (AFP) - French Minister for Sport Roselyne Bachelot hit out Thursday at cycling's world ruling body, calling for a more stringent approach to carrying out the doping controls on the race. An incident involving the Astana team of race favourites Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong last week prompted France's national anti-doping agency (AFLD) to hit out at the … [Read more...]

Tour de France 2009 Peloton To Face An Anti-Doping Army

by Justin Davis PARIS, June 10, 2009 (AFP) - Potential drugs cheats at the 2009 Tour de France will face the biggest anti-doping army ever seen at a major sports event next month, UCI chief Pat McQuaid has warned. McQuaid, the president of the International Cycling Union (UCI), was speaking here Wednesday as he officially welcomed the French National Anti Doping Agency (AFLD) back … [Read more...]

Canon and VeloGuy Trade Fire Over Lance Armstrong And The AFLD

POINT by: VeloGuy Okay, so there you are, you are just getting back home from a 5 hour ride, and there is some guy you have never seen before standing at your doorstep all by himself. Okay, so right off the bat, you are a little uneasy, right. He tells you he is from the AFLD (not your best friend to be sure), and he needs your pee, your blood, and oh yeah, let me give you a haircut … [Read more...]

No French Doping Action Against Armstrong

The French anti-doping agency (AFLD) said Friday it would not be launching a disciplinary procedure against seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong. Armstrong claimed this month that French anti-doping authorities were plotting to prevent him from racing in the Tour de France after the AFLD questioned his behavior at an out-of-competition test in March. But the AFLD said in … [Read more...]

Armstrong Accused In Doping Test In France

This is a CNN video of the Lance Armstrong / AFLD doping test conterversy. has the belief that this is really just a very weak attempt by the AFLD to make sure that Armstrong has no chance at all to win again at the Tour de France. This is just another very sad day for Professional Cycling, and we can only wish that the AFLD would get smart, and start to make decisions that can … [Read more...]