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by Mark Zalewski
December 10, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Joaquim Rodriguez makes final decision to retire, committing to a Bahrain-Merida staff role; No positive doping tests at 2016 Tour de France; Mclaren report, part two, shows Russian doping of 1,000 Athletes across 30 Sports; Wiggins will not be cited over mystery medical package; Yorkshire interested in hosting Vuelta start; Sydney’s Olympic velodrome future uncertain; Johan Museeuw Classic changes to one-day format; Lars Boom makes quiet start to cyclocross season; Volta ao Algarve announces 2017 route; Axeon Hagens Berman 2017 roster; Cycling Academy finalises roster; Laura Kenny named Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year; Video reminds cyclists to always wear a helmet; Red Bull Trans-Siberian Extreme race; Can a bicycle power your house?
The announcement one week ago by the Vuelta a España organisers Unipublic that there were zero anti-doping positives in this year’s race led to some wondering why there was silence from the UCI and Tour de France organisers ASO in relation to the 2016 Tour. The French race takes place weeks before the Spanish event and so information about a lack of positives about the later Grand Tour inevitably led to questions about why similar clarification hadn’t been released about the Tour.
While the UCI has chosen not to communicate officially on the matter, Tour organiser ASO commented Friday in relation to testing at the race.
“I can confirm that there were no positives this year,” an ASO spokesperson told CyclingTips, responding to questions on that subject.
It is unclear whether retrospective testing may be carried out at a future date. This is permitted under WADA rules and enables more advanced detection methods to be used.
In October of last year the UCI’s Cycling Anti Doping Foundation said that samples from the first five riders in the general classification of the Tour would have their doping control samples retained for ten years in order to facilitate possible retesting.
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