The French Anti-Doping Agency has cleared Oscar Pereiro of any doping offence during last year’s Tou
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Oscar Pereiro and nine others have been cleared by the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) of doping during the last Tour de France. The cases dealt with whether the riders in question had legitimate therapeutic use exemptions (TUEs) to use certain restricted substances, such as the asthma drug salbutamol. Pereiro was the highest profile rider, and he faced a possible disqualification from this year’s Tour, as well as a ban from taking part in next year’s race. He had not responded to several requests by the AFLD to provide them with TUE documentation, and things got out of hand last week when Le Monde reported that he was ‘positive’. However, he and the others that the AFLD were interested in, managed to get their proof to the French body in time for the hearing this week. The decision removes one obstacle in the path to determine who actually won the 2006 Tour de France. Current winner Floyd Landis is facing a doping hearing in the USA after he tested positive for a high testosterone:epitestosterone ratio. If he is banned, then Pereiro will be declared the winner. But regardless of the outcome in the USA, Landis could also face an AFLD investigation, as the AFLD has jurisdiction over sporting events in France. Recently, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, Dick Pound, asked the AFLD to suspend its investigation into Landis until his fate is decided in America. The AFLD is due to look at the Landis case on February 8, a month before American authorities will hear it. Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.