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The most popular cycling race in the world starts on Saturday in Florence. © APA/afp / THOMAS SAMSON

“Rigorous” doping testing system at the Tour de France

The most important cycling race of the year is just around the corner, but with the Tour de France, concerns about possible doping by certain riders are constantly raising. The International Testing Agency wants to counteract this accordingly.

In order to counteract possible fraud, the International Testing Agency (ITA) is installing a "rigorous and intelligent" program for the Tour de France, which has been rocked by many doping scandals in its long history. According to the agency, 400 training tests have already been carried out in the run-up to the Tour de France, and another 600 will be carried out during the Tour. An endocrine module will be used as a new component in the biological passport.

The samples taken will be kept for ten years to enable subsequent investigations using better methods. The ITA also said on Wednesday that it is working closely with authorities in France and Italy, where the Tour begins this weekend. This has already enabled a suspected doper, Italian Andrea Piccolo (Team EF), to be taken out of circulation.

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