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British Cycling wants doping-free Tour start

The head of the British cycling federation said that it wants riders involved in current doping investigates to steer clear of the 94th edition of the Tour de France's, which will start next July 7th in London.

"This will be a historic event, in the heart of one of the world's great cities, a fantastic opportunity for our sport," President Cookson told the Associated Press. "We really do not want to see this tarnished by a repeat of the doping scandals of 2006, so, frankly, we urge all those with involvement in various investigations to stay away."

Former Tour de France participants implicated in various doping scandals include Floyd Landis, Jan Ullrich, Ivan Basso. Basso has been cleared by his Italian cycling federation. The Landis case is ongoing, and Ullrich still has no license or team for 2007.

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