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Police find range of drugs after trawling bins used by Tour de France cyclists

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 13 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4201
  1. Paul Benkimoun
  1. 1Paris

    France’s antidoping agency has uncovered “a surprising therapeutic arsenal,” including two drugs that are not yet licensed, after scrutinising bins in the wake of the 2009 Tour de France.

    Michel Rieu, the scientific adviser of the French Agency Against Doping (Agence Française de Lutte Contre le Dopage), said at a press conference on 7 October, “These are incongruous products in a milieu where people are supposed to be in good health.”

    Professor Rieu said that this “surprising therapeutic arsenal” had been reported to the World Anti-Doping Agency in July.

    The agency said it suspected that some cyclists were using blood transfusions and two unlicensed substances.

    Pierre Bordry, head of …

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