UCI bar handover of Ullrich's blood samples
Pat McQuaid says that the UCI’s rules mean that he can’t hand over samples of Jan Ullrich’s blood to
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The president of the International Cycling Union has stated that blood samples taken from Jan Ullrich during testing procedures will not be handed over to the Spanish police team investigating the ongoing blood doping scandal that has rocked cycling in recent weeks. Ullrich was one of the riders implicated in the Operacion Puerto inquiry, and the investigating team were hoping to be given samples of his blood to make a DNA comparison with blood and plasma seized at a Madrid clinic in May.
“The blood of the riders in our possession from doping controls is used for research purposes,” UCI president Pat McQuaid said. “To give it for DNA comparisons is against our rules.” Ullrich was one of many riders to be excluded from the Tour de France this year because of alleged links to the scandal. But, although there is no definitive evidence proving his guilt, the top German rider has been sacked by his T-Mobile team who claimed he’d not done enough to prove his innocence.
T-Mobile have now developed a new blood test that it says will determine whether any of their other riders have been blood doping. “All riders will be required to undergo a newly developed test which will be able to determine whether the individual has transfused his own blood,” T-Mobile doctor Lothar Heinrich said on the team’s web page.
Meanwhile, McQuaid has continued to forcefully state that he is determined to crack down on doping in the pro side of the sport following the positive test recorded by Tour de France winner Floyd Landis. “The Landis affair carries in this sense a clear and strong message for those with the intelligence to decode it. For the UCI, the time for easy excuses or for pardoning is definitely over. It is an unconditional war against doping,” said McQuaid.