U.S. Postal hands over Tour samples for testing

Citing notification from the sport's international governing body, officials with the U.S. Postal Service team have given their approval for testing of all riders' blood samples that were gathered during last year's Tour de France. According to a team press release on January 31, the request was made on January 30 by the Union Cycliste Internationale after that organization was contacted by French authorities with a request to turn over the samples. The team has given its approval, and also requested that "an independent expert of our own choosing" be allowed to assist in the

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Citing notification from the sport’s international governing body, officials with the U.S. Postal Service team have given their approval for testing of all riders’ blood samples that were gathered during last year’s Tour de France. According to a team press release on January 31, the request was made on January 30 by the Union Cycliste Internationale after that organization was contacted by French authorities with a request to turn over the samples. The team has given its approval, and also requested that “an independent expert of our own choosing” be allowed to assist in the tests.

The full press release follows:

STATEMENT ISSUED BY U.S. POSTAL SERVICE PRO CYCLING TEAM GENERAL MANAGER MARK GORSKI

Yesterday, the U.S. Postal Service Pro Cycling Team was notified by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) that a request has been made by the French authorities to provide the UCI mandated blood samples of our cycling team taken during the 2000 Tour de France. While it is the policy of the UCI to store these samples anonymously and use them only for research, the Team has specifically requested that all samples of current U.S. Postal Service team members be immediately released and provided to the French authorities per their request.

We completely support an expedient and thorough analysis of any important information related to the ongoing investigation. We have no reason to hide any of the facts that might be uncovered through the analysis of these blood samples. Further, in the interest of fairness and objectivity, we have requested that an independent expert of our own choosing be appointed to assist in the analysis and to report on their findings to all parties.

(End of release)