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Tests show no doping in 2013 Tour de France

Testing during July's Tour de France found no positive doping, the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation said on Tuesday.

Tests show no doping in 2013 Tour de France
Chris Froome (in yellow jersey) finishing 2013 Tour de France. Photo: Fred Dufour/AFP

Director Francesca Rossi stopped short of claiming the Tour had been clean but said 622 samples, including 443 blood samples and 179 urine samples, were taken during the last edition of the world's biggest and most popular bicycle race.
   
"We have no adverse analytical findings," said Rossi from the International Cycling Union's base in Aigle, a Swiss town in the canton of Vaud.
   
"We changed the strategy," he said.

"We were unpredictable and the riders perceived we were unpredictable."
   
During the Tour, the eventual winner, Britain's Chris Froome, was subjected to intense press scrutiny and speculation regarding the validity of his at times phenomenal performances.
   
But Rossi was unequivocal about the Team Sky leader.
   
"We tested him a lot," she said.
   
Rossi praised the French Anti-Doping Agency for their collaboration.
   
The news will come as a welcome boost to a sport that has suffered huge damage to its reputation this year with Lance Armstrong's January admission that he cheated throughout his seven Tour victories, of which he has been stripped.
   
In July, the French senate released the names of a number of riders whose retroactively tested samples from the 1998 and 1999 tours had tested positive for banned blood-booster EPO.
   
Among the names to be revealed were former Tour winners Marco Pantani, now deceased, and Jan Ullrich, who in June finally admitted to his doping past, as well as past sprint king Erik Zabel, who subsequently also came clean.

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VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021

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VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021
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But 2021 will not be an easy year to buy a bike in many European countries, especially if you have a particular model in mind. 

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On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

The same can be said for bicycle accessories and components, which are either not being produced in Chinese factories currently or held up for months in ports in Asia due to the reduction of capacity in shipping.

 

In this short report, video producer Alex Dunham explores the issue of Europe's bike shortage in 2021.

 

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