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Tour organisers raise stage time limit for autobus, Armstrong suggests Ullrich using DNA testing to

Tour organisers raise stage time limit for autobus, Armstrong suggests Ullrich using DNA testing to


The Tour organisers had to raise the racing time limit for the second time during this Tour on yesterday's stage to La Toussuire when the 'autobus' of non-climbers came in more than 38 minutes down on stage-winner Michael Rasmussen. With 90 riders in the 'bus', well above the 20 per cent limit needed to force a rise in the stage's time limit. The limit was previously raised on the stage won by Jens Voigt, when Oscar Pereiro first took the yellow jersey by finishing half an hour ahead of the peloton.

- Lance Armstrong has said that Jan Ullrich should submit himself to DNA testing to clear himself of any involvement in the Operacion Puerto blood doping investigation. "I don't know all the details of the case, it looks like it's a grey area. The logical thing is to advise Ullrich to submit himself to a DNA test to clear his name," Armstrong told Berlin paper Der Tagesspiegel. Recently, Armstrong was offered the same advice by World Anti-Doping Agency president Dick Pound in order to end allegations of doping in the 1999 Tour de France.

- Euskaltel are interested in signing Ag2r's Mikel Astarloza, who is out of contract at the end of the season. The former winner of the Tour Down Under has been prominent in the amount of work he has done for high-flying team-mate Cyril Dessel during the Tour.

- Tom Boonen is reported to have committed himself to riding the Tour of Britain, which starts in Glasgow on 29. Boonen rode the event two years ago, and last year it was won by his Quick Step team-mate Nick Nuyens. David Millar is also believed to be close to agreeing to line up in the race, presumably with his Saunier Duval team.

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