Le Tour des Drugs

The performance boosters that spoiled the world's biggest bicycle race are threatening all sports

Talk about a rude awakening. just a few weeks ago, France was riding high on the strength of its surprise win over Brazil in the World Cup. Then came the Tour de France--or, as some bicycling fans are calling it, the Tour des Drugs--which limped to a finish last week under a deepening cloud. Five cyclists and team officials have been placed under formal investigation for using or helping riders to use artificial substances to boost their performance. As the police widened their probe, a Dutch team and all four Spanish teams indignantly quit the race, and the remaining riders staged...

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