The Tour de France 2013 had not a single positive drug test results. This report was released by the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation director Francesca Rossi at a media Open Day in Aigle in Switzerland earlier on Tuesday. Chris Froome of Britain won the Tour de France this year and that came under extra scrutiny as it was the very 1st edition being staged after United States’ cyclist Lance Armstrong admitted that he had cheated his way to win 7 Tour de France crowns starting from 1999 to 2005.
Froome, who rides for the Team Sky, had to face reporters every day on Tour de France. He expressed his frustration as he was repeatedly questioned regarding doping in the game. Dave Brailsford, the team principal told during the 3 week long Tour that their team was ready to hand over all their team training data to the World Anti-Doping Agency if that would serve.
On Tuesday, International Cycling Union issued a statement which said that CADF took 622 urine and blood samples during the 100th Tour de France. In the year 2012, they gathered 566 samples. CADF worked closely with the French Anti Doping Agency and together they took 202 pre Tour samples as well as 419 samples during the race.
Reinforcing the plan of targeted testing, 198 samples were taken during the race were for biological passport. In 2012, the number was 149.
International Cycling Union’s website stated that Rossi told that this target testing plan has been hugely facilitated by excellent on-site cooperation between CADF and AFLD during the Tour de France this year. WADA analyzed the samples.