Tour de l'Avenir riders indicted for doping offense

Three Ukrainians arrested for blood transfusions

Three riders who had participated in the Tour de l'Avenir race for riders between ages 19 and 22 were indicted on Sunday for possession of banned substances, AFP reported Monday.

The physical therapist and the father of one of the riders were also indicted for importing the prohibited goods and promoting the use of banned substances. The therapist was also charged with illegally practicing medicine.

The Ukrainian team did not start the race's eighth stage on Saturday, and were subjected to an anti-doping control after the two men were detained by customs officials on Friday in Saint-Sauveur, and were found in possession of suspect products and syringes.

Jean-François Parietti, the prosecutor in Vesoul, said "there is nothing to say that the whole team is concerned. For now, it is geared more towards the individual doping."

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