Tour de France
takes another doping blow
The 2007 Tour de France
contender Alexandre Vinokourov is riding the sport towards the
2007 was the year Tour de France was hoping to get its name
pulled out from the mud, after so many doping scandals, the last
involving the 2006 winner Floyd Landis. But the A-test of
Alexandre Vinokourov have taken the doping scandal surrounding
the Tour to a new (lower) level. Strong favorite to win the 2007
Tour de France (betting odds 3/2 by
Bodog Sports), Vinokourov
doping test was announced to be dirty.
The test was administered after Saturday's
time trial in Albi which he won by more than a minute. According
to a Tour official, Alexandre Vinokourov contained two types of
red blood cells, on young and the other old, indicating he
had had a red blood transfusion from a compatible donor shortly
before Saturday's time trial to enhance his performance.
The Astana team, which Vinokourov founded
himself by gathering sponsors in his native Kazakhstan,
announced official withdraw from Tour de France. Although
Vinokourov is acing a B-test to confirm or deny the results of
the A-test, the detection of this old-style transfusion is
considered foolproof. Vinokourov's team manager, Marc Biver,
said that he was guilty until the B-test proved otherwise.
The overall leader, Michael Rasmussen, is
also facing suspicion for missing two out-of-competition
tests and faces allegations of drug use.
The sportsbooks are also suffering form the
constant doping scandals surrounding Tour de France. Refunds on
the favorite Alexandre Vinokourov will have to be issued to the
customers. This is not only extra overhead for the bookmakers,
but if Alexandre Vinokourov did not win, it's also money lost.
There are also rumors that most of the online bookmakers will
not offer betting odds on the 2008 Tour de France.
Published on 07/25/2007