German federation to create blood profiles

The German cycling federation (BDR) is getting serious in the fight against doping. On Thursday, the Bud Deutscher Radfahrer announced a package of new measures, featuring more intensive and better training controls. "This control system is plain and strong. Anyone who doesn't abide by these rules won't represent Germany in any international championship, they don't belong on the German team," BDR president Rudolf Scharping told the SID press agency.

Starting with the 2007 season, the BDR will implement a program under which an individual blood profile will be established for each of the approximately 260 athletes, including licensed professional cyclists.

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