Tour: No Dope Hope
The anti-doping controls have been reinforced for the upcoming edition of the Tour de France that will begin this July 6th in Luxembourg. “The status of the biggest stage race in the world confers upon us the moral responsibility even if our power is a bit limited” said
Patrice Clerc, head doctor of the Tour de France.
The principle addition to this years race will be the surprise doping tests carried out in the weeks preceding the start of the Tour. For those who are facing the course, from 6 to 10 will be surprised with anti-doping test carried out in their homes, also 90 anti-EPO tests will be carried out opposed to 72 that were done last year.
A commission of 8 medical experts nominated by the UCI will review case by case the use of corticoids and other so called, “soft-drugs”. On July 4th all of the racers who will be competing in the Tour de France will be faced with the anti-doping controls.