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By VeloNews Interactive
According to an Associated Press report from earlier this week, French judicial officials have not found any evidence of doping in their ongoing investigation into the U.S. Postal Service team. The French investigators are testing blood and urine samples from the team from the 2000 Tour de France, the second of Lance Armstrong’s three consecutive Tour wins.
“For now, we don’t have test results that prove that doping products have been taken,” said Francois Franchi, the assistant to Paris prosecutor Sophie-Helene Chateau.
The investigation began in November 2000, following allegations from a France 3 TV crew that followed the Postal squad during that year’s Tour. The France 3 crew reported seeing a “mysterious” vehicle leaving the U.S. Postal hotels throughout the Tour and disposing of bags containing “bandages, medicine wraps and mostly foreign products.”
U.S. Postal Service team officials have repeatedly denied the use of any doping products, while Armstrong has emphasized that he has never tested positive in a doping test.
The current tests are supposed to be completed by the end of this year, but the AP reported that Franchi had requested a new round of tests, but he wouldn’t say what the tests were, or when they would be completed.