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Improved drug testing helped me win, says impending Tour de France victor Nibali

Published on Jul 27, 2014 8:55 AM
 
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali celebrates his overall leader yellow jersey on the podium at the end of the twentieth stage, a 54 km individual time trial, as part of the 101st edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 26, 2014 between Bergerac and Perigueux, western France. Nibali said he would never have been in with a chance of winning the Tour de France had it not been for recent improvements in tackling doping. -- PHOTO: AFP

PARIS (AFP) - Vincenzo Nibali said he would never have been in with a chance of winning the Tour de France had it not been for recent improvements in tackling doping.

The 29-year-old Italian is widely regarded as a clean rider and his impending victory at the 2014 Tour has been seen as proof that cyclists can win without cheating.

The reaction to his success is a far cry from that which greeted Lance Armstrong's seven successive wins during the darkest days of blood doping and use of the banned substance Erythropoietin (EPO).

When Armstrong won his first Tour - he has since been stripped of all seven - there was no test for EPO, while throughout his reign testers were struggling to keep up with the cheats.

 
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