AFLD says it can still do testing

Reuters - Sat, 20 Feb 21:53:00 2010

French anti-doping agency said it may still test in domestic races like next month's Paris-Nice event despite the UCI saying that it alone would carry out drug checks.

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AFLD president Pierre Bordry said the World Anti-Doping Agency could allow his organisation to carry out testing.

"According to the world anti-doping code, national agencies can ask WADA to allow them to carry out some tests even during international races," said Bordry.

The AFLD previously suggested to the UCI that the two organisations collaborate on drug tests during the Paris-Nice stage race.

However, in a letter sent to Bordry which Reuters obtained a copy of on Friday, UCI president Pat McQuaid said he could not see any interest in such a partnership.

"According to the world anti-doping code, international sporting events have to be controlled by the International Federations," McQuaid wrote.

Bordry said he had replied to McQuaid's letter, which he described as "unbelievable", but would not disclose its contents.

The two organisations have been at loggerheads since Bordry accused UCI drug testers of favouring Spaniard Alberto Contador's Astana team during last year's Tour de France.

Last month the UCI said it had agreed with Tour de France organisers to drop the AFLD from this year's race.

The Paris-Nice event, in which Contador is expected to compete, runs from March 7-14.

Reuters

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