Morning brings this AFP story appearing in today's online L'Équipe. It certainly is reassuring to know the UCI intends to follow procedures before naming names. I certainly hope none of TbV's readers engages in bizarre training regimens. If you do, don't think you can escape the UCI's watchful eyes.
According to information furnished Wednesday by Anne Gripper, anti-doping director for the UCI, six or seven top-level riders who have been suspected of doping were the object of frequent unannounced drug tests. First analyses of some of these tests were not negative.
"We were targeting six or seven riders whom we considered high risk because of their suspicious behavior and because they are expected to do well in the Tour de France," Mme Gripper explained. Several of them have already undergone three or four unannounced tests, while the 2007 UCI antidoping program requires a minimum of one unannounced test per rider per year.
"We had reports which said they trained in strange places and in bizarre manners," she continued.
Several anomalous results are said to have been noted in testing done on the cyclists for a number of weeks. "We are dealing with these results, and not all of them were negative," Mme Gripper explained. "But this will take some time, since we must respect procedures, the analysis of the B sample, before being able to make an announcement."
The UCI anti-doping director estimates that some results should be known before the start of the Tour de France in London, July 7.