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Tour de France Chief Sees Change for Cycling After Doping Scandals

Oct. 24, 2012
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Cycling is changing after the doping scandals which have tarnish the sport in the past, Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme said Wednesday.

"A movement has started a few years ago and it must go on. Everybody must work on it," Prudhomme said before organizers unveiled the route for next year's 100th edition of the race.

The announcement came in the week that the International Cycling Union stripped Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and banned him from cycling for life.

Prudhomme said anti-doping tests were working.

I remind you that we lost two winners in five years recently (over doping)," he said in reference to Floyd Landis and Alberto Contador being stripped of their 2006 and 2010 victories after failing dope tests during the race.

On combating doping, Prudhomme said team managers had a responsibility to ensure their riders did not take banned substances.

"The world of cycling has been working for a number of years for a real cultural shift but it hasn't gone far enough," he said.

"Team managers are an essential cog in the machine. They should be the safeguard in the real sense of the word.

The 2013 Tour route is more mountainous, including an unprecedented double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez, which commentators said might make it harder for Britain's Bradley Wiggins to retain his

title.

The whole of the Tour is within France, starting on June 29 for the first time in the Mediterranean island of Corsica, with a night-time finish three weeks later on the Champs-Elysees in Paris.



Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH


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