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Blood testing nets none; full field OK
 
06/30/2005
All 189 riders set to compete in this year's Tour de France were cleared to race after undergoing pre-race blood tests Thursday.

The 21 teams were tested over a two-hour period Thursday morning and no anomalies were found, race medical inspector Marc Vandevyvere said in a statement. Last year, Gorka Gonzalez of the Euskaltel Euskadi team was the only rider banned from competing after failing the pre-race blood test.

The Tour starts Saturday with an 11.8-mile time trial from Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, and ends July 24.

Six-time Tour champion Lance Armstrong will retire from cycling at the end of the Tour.

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