The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) has agreed to carry out testing in June at the Tour de France. In a statement, the AFLD said the world governing body of cycling, the UCI (International Cycling Union) had guaranteed “information on the whereabouts of the riders and their biological profile data in order to carry out random tests”.
Two weeks ago, the French Anti-Doping Agency said it would not carry out tests on the Paris-Nice race that starts on Sunday and cited a disagreement with the UCI. The AFLD and the UCI have long been at loggerheads, with the AFLD saying the UCI had not followed correct procedures during testing in the 2009 Tour de France that were denied by the world cycling body.
The cycling body came under heavy fire after last year’s U.S. Anti-Doping Agency report that led to the Lance Armstrong scandal after which the 41-year-old retired cyclist was was stripped of his seven Tour titles in October and admitted to doping in a televised interview.
The AFLD reviewed the conditions of its agreement with cycling’s international governing body. “In light of new evidence brought to its attention, it is possible for the (AFLD) to control international cycling competitions, especially the Tour de France,” the AFLD said.
The UCI had described the first decision “regrettable, especially that it intended to strengthen its cooperation with the French agency,” including sharing “information and the biological passport system within the limits of international law … and in accordance with the regulations of the World Anti-Doping Agency.”