UCI congratulates AFLD

The UCI has congratulated the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) after it informed the sport's international governing body of the results of first analyses of repeat tests conducted on samples taken during this year's Tour de France. Three abnormal results that correspond to samples taken from Leonardo Piepoli, Riccardo Riccò and Stefan Schumacher were the subject of the correspondence.

Despite the feud between the UCI and Tour de France organisers in recent times, in particular after the decision to run this year's edition under the auspices of the French Cycling Federation, the UCI was gracious in its praise of the anti-doping measures.

"The UCI congratulates the AFLD on the excellent work it carried out during the Tour de France," it said in an official release. "The collaboration with the AFLD shows that cycling as a whole rejects any kind of doping and is committed to eradicating cheating."

UCI media spokesperson Enrico Carpani added that, "A thorough approach and the deployment of all possible means are vital if we are to safeguard the interests of those riders who are clean, who make up the great majority of the peloton. Such rigour applies to all concerned."

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