By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright 2001 AFP
Results from urine and blood samples provided by Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong and the rest of his US Postal team at last year’s Tour de France will not be released for “at least another month”, prosecutors in Paris announced Thursday.
The decision means that any remaining suspicion surrounding the American team will have to be allayed until after this year’s 88th Tour de France which starts in Dunkirk on July 7 and ends in Paris on July 29.
“The results from tests made on the urine and blood samples provided by the US Postal team in last year’s Tour de France are not yet known, and will not be know until at least a month,” said a statement from prosecutors.
“In the light of our ongoing investigation there will be no action taken concerning these riders during this year’s Tour de France.”
Armstrong and his US Postal team submitted the samples last year after they came under the scrutiny of an investigative French television crew who claimed they had come across people trying to dispose of suspect bags belonging to US Postal.
The riders’ blood and urine samples were then frozen for later analysis.
Double Tour de France winner Armstrong has always vehemently denied doping and even threatened to boycott this year’s race when the team first came under scrutiny over the winter.
Prosecutors said here Thursday that “tests on the substances from the bags found had not turned up enough evidence to qualify the team for any kind of sanction”.