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UCI tests blood of expected Tour riders

Updated: July 2, 2009, 3:07 PM ET
Associated Press

MONACO -- Cycling's governing body says all 180 riders expected to start the Tour de France -- plus one -- have undergone planned pre-race blood tests.

The UCI said nine riders from each of the 20 teams were tested Thursday along with Quick Step sprint star Tom Boonen.

The Belgian rider has appealed to French sports authorities in hopes of overturning a ban by Tour organizers after Boonen tested positive twice for cocaine in less than a year.

The blood tests are part of UCI's ...

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