|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.
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