Tour de France riders cleared of doping in retest

PARIS - French anti-doping authorities say retests of blood samples from 17 riders at the 2008 Tour de France have all come back clean.

PARIS - French anti-doping authorities say retests of blood samples from 17 riders at the 2008 Tour de France have all come back clean.

Pierre Bordry, head of the anti-doping agency, known as AFLD, "rejoiced" that the tests came back negative. He declined to name the cyclists involved.

Bordry also said he was surprised at the lack of positive tests at this year's Tour, but reiterated his earlier criticism of cycling's world governing body, the International Cycling Union, for not acting in accordance with World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Meanwhile, a day after it was revealed that Italian cyclist Gabriele Bosisio had failed a dope test, his countryman Francesco De Bonis has also been flagged as an EPO user. - Sapa-AP and AFP

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