Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test

Read more

DEBATE

Pakistan Protests: Democracy put to the test (part 2)

Read more

REPORTERS

Pakistan: Imran Khan, from the cricket field to politics

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Is Carla Bruni against a political comeback for Sarkozy?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'iVIOLATED'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

France's Iliad considers fresh offer for T-Mobile

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Back to school!

Read more

WEB NEWS

USA: Thousands pay tribute to Michael Brown

Read more

ENCORE!

The French Maestro of Soul

Read more

  • NATO plans new 'spearhead' force to counter Russia

    Read more

  • French clubs left behind as others spend big

    Read more

  • Arab media strike back at IS Islamists – with cartoons

    Read more

  • US military targets Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group

    Read more

  • Boko Haram Islamists seize northeast Nigerian town

    Read more

  • Monaco’s Falcao leaves Ligue 1 for Man Utd

    Read more

  • UN backs Iraqi request for inquiry into IS militant crimes

    Read more

  • French education ministry picture sparks racist abuse

    Read more

  • Obama calls for higher wages amid 'revving' US economy

    Read more

  • Video: Ukraine’s children return to school as fighting rages on

    Read more

  • Americans detained in North Korea call for US help

    Read more

  • US urges Israel to reverse West Bank land seizure

    Read more

  • Lesotho PM calls for regional peacekeeping force after ‘coup’

    Read more

  • Ukrainian forces retreat from Luhansk airport after clashes

    Read more

  • Teddy Riner, France’s unstoppable judo champion

    Read more

  • Iraqi forces free Amerli in biggest victory over IS militants since June

    Read more

  • French police arrest hungry hedgehog hunters

    Read more

  • Anti-govt protesters briefly seize Pakistan's state TV

    Read more

Drug testers accused of leniency towards Astana

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-10-06

A report by France's anti-doping agency (AFLD) accuses the International Cycling Union (UCI) of adopting a lax attitude on doping tests when it came to the Astana team of Lance Armstrong and Alberto Contador, French media say.

AFP - The Astana team of Tour de France winner Alberto Contador and third placed Lance Armstrong were given an easy ride during dope tests at the 2009 event, two leading French newspapers said Monday.
  
They quoted a report by the French anti-doping agency AFLD accusing the International Cyclist Union (UCI) of failing to apply the rules properly to Astana, Le Monde and the Figaro said.
  
"For some teams, the unexpected nature of anti-doping tests did not exist on the Tour," the Figaro said, adding that the 10-page AFLD report was to be sent on Monday to the UCI and the World Anti Doping Agency (WADA).
  
The website Le Monde.fr gives details of how Kazakh-backed Astana was allowed to "always have the last tests in the morning, more time to go to the tester."
  
The daily said AFLD doctors noted that on the morning of July 11 in the Astana team hotel, UCI inspectors intervened allowing Astana riders an extra 45 minutes before testing, which was supposed to be carried out immediately under the rules.
  
"Such tolerance, granted without proper justification, in the absence of escorts, does not follow the faultless regularity of the procedure, particularly ensuring that no manipulation took place," the report said.
  
Other failures to follow the rules concerning all riders are contained in the report.
  
It also charges that UCI inspectors wrongly labelled tests carried out in team hotels in the mornings and evenings as "outside competition".
  
"This error is full of serious consequences," the report said, noting that the list of substances banned "in competition" is much more extensive than those banned outside.
  
Astana has had a stormy year with its financial future repeatedly in doubt. After Spain's Contador won the Tour, his teammate American Lance Armstrong, the seven-time Tour champion, promptly quit and has joined new American team Radio Shack.
  

Date created : 2009-10-05

COMMENT(S)