Prudhomme: 'You can take the Tour seriously'

Christian Prudhomme, director of the Tour de France, has said this year's Tour can be taken seriously, despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the sport's doping problems, but cautioned he cannot guarantee a clean Tour. Prudhomme's comments came as he met London mayor Ken Livingstone in the UK, where this year's race makes its grand depart and contests the prologue and first stage.

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