Reuters - Fri, 05 Mar 16:37:00 2010
The French anti-doping agency AFLD is to give to local judicial authorities information it gathers about potential cheats during next week's Paris-Nice
The one-week race, which starts on Sunday, is regarded as an international event and drugs tests are therefore conducted under the International Cycling Union's authority.
The UCI rejected last month a proposal made by AFLD to collaborate on drugs tests during Paris-Nice after the French agency publicly criticised the governing body's work at the 2009 Tour.
"Therefore, AFLD won't cooperate with UCI during the 2010 Paris-Nice race and it will transmit information it will have to relevant judicial authorities only," AFLD said.
French law prohibits doping substance trafficking and prosecutors could ask police to raid team hotels or cars if AFLD gives them information about possible suspects.
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