There were no doping controls at the first two days of the Ster Elektrotoer, according to Belgian Sportwereld, much to the peloton's surprise. Even the UCI race jury was surprised. "I see the soigneurs all look at me funny when I tell them that there are not anti-doping controls," said Dutch UCI commissaire Jan van Gestel.
"The UCI has an A list and a B list of races. The Ster Elektrotoer is on the B list," he explained. "That means it is up to the national federation to ask for doping controls. Maybe their Belgian colleagues will be in action Thursday when the race arrives there in La Gileppe?"
According to the UCI's rules, "If the UCI decides not to conduct any Testing at an International Event, the National Anti-Doping Organisation for the country where the event takes place, may initiate and conduct such Testing in coordination with and with the approval of the UCI or, if the UCI withholds its approval, with the approval of WADA. In such cases, Doping Control shall be governed by the anti-doping rules of that National Anti-Doping Organisation."