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AIGLE---No riders tested positive
for doping at the Tour de France,
the International Cycling Union said
yesterday, after the complete analy-
sis of 622 samples.
The testing programme included
113 urine samples tested for EPO and
15 for steroids. In blood analysis, 22
samples were tested for EPO-like
substances, 18 for human growth
hormone and two for transfusions.
"We don t have any adverse finding
from the Tour de France," Francesca
Rossi, director of the UCI-appointed
Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation
(CADF), said at a briefing.
The testing included 203 samples
taken from riders in training and 419
during the three-week race, which
was won by Chris Froome of Britain.
A total of 443 blood samples and 179
urine samples were taken in a pro-
gram jointly run by the UCI and the
French anti-doping agency (AFLD).
Most blood samples were used for
comparisons to the biological pass-
port system, which charts the blood
levels of riders.
The total samples of 622 rose from
566 for the 2012 Tour at which only
Frank Schleck of Luxembourg tested
positive for a banned diuretic.
Tour riders who used banned drugs
or doping methods could yet be iden-
tified because stored samples can be
analysed again in the future using
new or improved testing techniques.
Rossi said the foundation could
re-test when the World Anti-Doping
Agency certifies threshold limits for
substances such as AICAR and
She also expects steroid profiling
to be added to the biological passport
which the UCI has managed since
Cycling s anti-doping program is
an issue in the current UCI presi-
dential election, with challenger Brian
Cookson pledging to create an agency
independent of the governing body.
UCI President Pat McQuaid supports
the existing structure to catch drug
However, Rossi said the CADF is
working to create an independent
oversight board "starting work with
us very soon." The UCI will continue
to host the foundation and fund 15
per cent of its annual budget of 7
million Swiss francs (US$7.6 mil-
"In a technological world, location
is less important than people. For
me, independence is not an address,"
Rossi acknowledged that the CADF
has not secured a working agreement
with the US Anti-Doping Agency,
whose investigation exposed massive
doping by Lance Armstrong s teams
in a report published last October.
"We will come back to them again
and try to sign an agreement very
soon," Rossi said. (AP)
AIGLE---Under pressure to validate his
re-election bid, International Cycling
Union President Pat McQuaid cited
independent legal advice yesterday to
support his nominations from Thailand
McQuaid said international legal firm
Baker & McKenzie confirmed to the gov-
erning body that he is entitled to compete
against British rival Brian Cookson.
"The nominations are valid. They came
in before the closing date (of June 29),"
McQuaid said at UCI headquarters.
Lawyers for Cookson, the British
Cycling president, have questioned
whether McQuaid s candidacy meets
UCI rules ahead of the September 27
Cookson also raised concern that UCI
staff may have breached protocol by
helping Malaysian officials draft a rule
amendment allowing any two member
countries to propose a candidate, and to
apply it retrospectively for the current
The proposal, which UCI member
countries must approve at their election
meeting, came in after McQuaid strug-
gled to secure support from his home
Irish federation or Switzerland, where
Cookson has described the UCI staff s
intervention as "a bizarre and deeply
worrying set of events."
McQuaid said the governing body s
legal advisers in Geneva did not agree.
"It clears the UCI completely from
any wrongdoing and it clears the UCI
administration of any wrongdoing or any
favoritism or... acting improperly in any
way," he said.
The Baker & McKenzie report,
acknowledges that UCI staff "may have
reached a gray zone " by proposing text
to the Malaysian federation.
Still, the report endorses the process
of creating the congress agenda. It said
that process also was "at least silently
ratified" by the UCI management board,
including Cookson, at its mid-June meet-
ing in Bergen, Norway.
The report backs the UCI in accepting
nominations by email from the Thai and
Moroccan federations on June 26 and
29, respectively, before getting signed
letters by post.
Asked if Cookson might challenge his
candidacy and the UCI s handling of
election rules at the Court of Arbitration
for Sport, McQuaid said: "I would hope
that we would not be reduced to that."
"If I am beaten I will walk away. I
won t be any going to any (legal) process
or anything like that," he said.
McQuaid is seeking a third four-year
term following widespread attacks on
the UCI and its credibility. Those inten-
sified in the fallout from the Lance Arm-
strong doping affair and continued rev-
elations of an endemic culture of doping
in recent years.
Cookson, who has served under
McQuaid on the UCI board since 2009,
has promised to restore cycling s repu-
The Malaysian rules proposal can be
voted on at the September 27 congress
in Florence, Italy, before a 42-voter elec-
toral college chooses the president by
secret ballot. (AP)
UCI reports no doping cases from Tour de France
meets UCI election rules
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