Tour Chief Hails Clean Race, But Says The Doping War Not Over

by Justin Davis PARIS, July 27, 2009 (AFP) - Tour de France chief Christian Prudhomme was understandably cautious after celebrating a scandal-free 96th edition here Sunday. For the first time in living memory the world's biggest bike race avoided being dragged through the mire by drugs cheats. On this year's race only the sublime performances of Contador in the grueling mountain … [Read more...]

UCI Suspends Two Spanish Cyclists On Doping Tests

GENEVA, July 17, 2009 (AFP) - World cycling's governing body said Friday that Spanish cyclists Inigo Landaluze and Ricardo Serrano have been suspended after traces of illicit drug CERA were found in their blood samples recently. "The decision to provisionally suspend the two riders was made in response to reports from the WADA accredited laboratories in Lausanne and Paris indicating an … [Read more...]

Schumacher’s Failed Drugs Test Confirmed By B sample

BERLIN, July 7, 2009 (AFP) - The positive test of German cyclist Stefan Schumacher for EPO Cera during last year's Olympic Games has been confirmed by the B sample, his lawyer Michael Lehner said on Tuesday. The 27-year-old rider, however, continues to protest his innocence and is determined to clear his name. Lehner said they are contesting in particular the circumstances under which … [Read more...]

Scandal-Free Tour Is Possible, Says Pat McQuaid

by Justin Davis PARIS, June 11, 2009 (AFP) - Hopes of a scandal-free Tour de France in 2009 may be pie in the sky to some, but cycling's most obstinate cheats have been warned they face a rocky road towards glory on the world's biggest bike race. On Wednesday Tour organizers were given perhaps the biggest assurances yet that the anti-doping authorities will, in the words of world … [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...]

Bernard Kohl Reveals Truth On Tour de France Doping

Disgraced Austrian cyclist Bernhard Kohl lifted the lid on his doping practices at last year's Tour de France in a candid and accusatory interview published in French sports daily L'Equipe on Tuesday. Kohl, 27, finished third in the 2008 Tour and was awarded the jersey for the best climber but was removed from the overall classification and suspended after testing positive for the banned … [Read more...]

Positive Doping Test Takes Pfannberger Out Of Tour of Italy

PARIS, May 7, 2009 (AFP) - Austrian professional Christian Pfannberger has been suspended by the Russian Katusha team following a positive test from a random doping control, the team announced late Wednesday. Pfannberger, 29, was due to start the three-week Tour of Italy this coming Saturday but he has been provisionally suspended by his team while they wait to see if he requests analysis of … [Read more...]

Coni Confirm Rebellin’s Positive Dope Test

ROME, April 29, 2009 (AFP) - The Italian Olympic Committee (Coni) on Wednesday confirmed that cyclist Davide Rebellin was under investigation for doping due to a positive test returned at last year's Olympics. The 37-year-old, who earlier this month won the prestigious Fleche Wallonne race, tested for the new generation of EPO, Cera in a re-test of samples from Beijing. "Coni president … [Read more...]

Stefan Schumacher Tests Positive For CERA At Olympics

BERLIN, April 29, 2009 (AFP) - German cyclist Stefan Schumacher was identified on Wednesday as one of the six athletes from the Beijing Olympic Games who has tested positive for banned blood-booster EPO CERA. "The German Cycling Federation (BDR) have passed documents about a failed doping test on to the sportsman Stefan Schumacher," said the BDR in a statement. "It is now up to him … [Read more...]

Olympic Silver Medal Winner Davide Rebellin Failed Drug Test

Veteran Italian rider Davide Rebellin tested positive for EPO CERA at last year's Beijing Olympics where he won silver in the road race, Italian media reported on Tuesday. The 37-year-old - who this month won a record-equalling third Fleche-Wallone classic - numbers many memorable one day victories during his career especially in 2004 when he won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Fleche Wallonne and … [Read more...]