Caught this one over at velonews.com:
With the Tour de France just weeks away, there’s a high stakes game of cat and mouse between a half-dozen so-called suspect riders identified by the UCI and anti-doping testers.
“We have targeted six, seven riders considered a high risk because of their suspicious behavior and because they could perform very well in the Tour de France,” Anne Gripper, director of the UCI’s anti-doping program, told AFP. “Some have already had three or four surprise controls. We are receiving the results and not all of them are negative,” she continued. “It will take time to know the complete results. We have to respect the process and wait for the â€˜B’ samples before we can announce anything.”
Gripper said the UCI controllers have dubbed three of these riders as the “men in black” because they “train in anonymous jerseys rather than in team kits so that they can avoid the UCI controllers trying to make the surprise controls.”
And who feels the need to proclaim their innocence in a press release?
The story prompted a press release from officials from the Astana team Thursday, which took offense at some insinuations in the European media.
The statement said if riders sometimes train in regular jerseys it’s because they don’t want to be bothered by cyclo-tourists, especially along France’s Cote d’Azur, and said that the team is conducting a training camp in the PyrÃ©nÃ©es riding in Kazakh national jerseys.
If this plays out the way I fear it will, those boys are going to have a lot more to worry about than a couple of cyclo-tourists.
In fact, they may soon be cyclo-tourists like Raimondas RumÅ¡as beating up people in gran mondo’s around Italy. Hey, third in the Tour to charity ride champion happens all the time.by