|BUSTED: Cofidis and other French cyclists||pitt83|
Jan 23, 2004 9:05 AM
|By SAMUEL PETREQUIN
Associated Press Writer
PARIS (AP) -- Several French cyclists are being investigated for possible doping and will be ineligible for the Athens Olympics, prompting tougher drug measures by authorities.
France Sports Minister Jean-Francois Lamour said Friday there will be more surprise drug tests for athletes in all sports. He added that he will visit Interpol, the international police agency, to talk about fighting the spread of drugs across borders.
The new steps came in response to a drug investigation centering on Cofidis, one of France's top cycling teams. Several cyclists have been held for questioning, and police have seized male hormones, the performance enhancer EPO and amphetamines.
Lamour and cycling officials agreed on Friday that French cyclists under investigation - including an Olympic medalist - will be barred from the games in August. The minister wants to see the actions applied for all sports.
Philippe Gaumont, one of four French bronze-medal winners in the team time trial at the 1992 Olympics, was placed under criminal investigation Wednesday.
Normally, a judicial investigation does not bar French athletes from competition, unlike a positive doping test and the resulting suspension. But Lamour wants to isolate "the cheaters, those who want to cheat and the suppliers."
Cyclists already have periodic blood tests throughout the year. Now they can lose their racing credentials if officials find anything suspicious.
The number of drug tests conducted throughout the year will be boosted from 8,500 to 9,000. Lamour hopes about 60 percent will be surprise tests.
|Less we forget...||Dwayne Barry|
Jan 23, 2004 9:08 AM
|the French are supposed to be the clean ones!
I just hope the case in Belgium drags on so Museeuw can give it one more good shot at Flanders and Roubaix.
|The Belgian noose will tighten next. nm||Spunout|
Jan 23, 2004 9:13 AM
|I wonder...||Dwayne Barry|
Jan 23, 2004 9:18 AM
|the latest blurb I read seemed to indicate the judge in the Landuyt affair wasn't so much interested in doping in cycling but the manufacture of drugs (I didn't recognize the name) by underground sources.
VdB's case is still pending as well, I believe. I get the impression that in Spain and Belgium doping is still tolerated as part of cycling, but of course that could always change.
Jan 26, 2004 12:00 AM
-was tested and results were negative
-they only found one product that could be doping, which was homeopathic after some tests..
-confesed he had used doping 2 years ago, and told where he got his merchandise (in France)
-last weekend someone set fire to his car(Mercedes cl55 amg) which burnt out completely (parked before his garage)....telling him to shut up..
by the way, I don't think doping is tolerated anywhere, but this doesn't mean that there are clean ones..