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T-Mobile blood tests have started

By:
Jean-François Quénet in Portimão, Portugal
Published:
February 26, 2007, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 20, 2009, 22:13 BST
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Latest Cycling News for February 26, 2007

T-Mobile has already done two blood volume tests on its riders, as well as one round of unannounced...

T-Mobile has already done two blood volume tests on its riders, as well as one round of unannounced tests on selected riders, according to team doctor Lothar Heinrich.

The blood volume tests are part of the team's anti-doping program, and will be repeated periodically to identify any changes which might indicate the use of illegal products. The first round of tests was done at the team's meeting in Lugano in November, and the second round was conducted at the Mallorca training camp in January.

"The first unannounced control during competition was held at the Mallorca Challenge," Heinrich noted on the team's website, t-mobile-team.com. "We will use this data and all the other blood values to put together the so-called blood profile, which will be sent to an independent panel of experts for their review and analysis."

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