Leblanc half-expecting police raids

After a flurry of doping stories in recent weeks, Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc isn't discounting pol

After a flurry of doping stories in recent weeks, Tour boss Jean-Marie Leblanc isn't discounting pol
In a pre-race interview with AFP, Tour de France boss Jean-Marie Leblanc has expressed his admiration for defending champion Lance Armstrong and admitted that he would not be surprised to see police raids on the race during the coming three weeks. "You can't discount them," Leblanc replied when asked about the possibility of police intervention. "We would understand, if it was necessary, the police or customs officials intervening in the race. But, as I said in 1998, if they do intend to do this it must be done with the greatest possible amount of respect for athletes facing three weeks of difficult competition ahead of them and they should also expect to have a minimum number of rights." Asked what he most admired about five-time Tour winner Armstrong, Leblanc said his professionalism. "He works hard, he leaves nothing to chance," Leblanc said of the Texan. "It was him who first systematically looked over the crucial stages of the race, and all of his rivals copy him now. He is perhaps not the most gifted physically if you compare him to Jan Ullrich, who has what they currently describe as a 'good engine'. But Armstrong has won five Tours thanks to his mental strength, his character and hard work."
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