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French authorities deny involvement

NOIRMOUTIER, France -- Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong underwent a surprise doping test at his hotel on Friday afternoon, a control which raised questions as the American was the only rider to be tested.

Tour organizers confirmed on Saturday, at the start of the
19-km first stage time trial to the island of Noirmoutier, that
the American had undergone blood and urine testing in his team's
technical area in the car park of the Discovery Channel team
hotel in Nantes.

The Texan was the only rider to be tested a second time, two
days after blood testing on all 189 Tour starters.

A stone-faced Armstrong told journalists he had been random
tested six times out of competition this season and added he was
under the impression the test had been monitored by the French
sports ministry.

But French sports minister Jean-Francois Lamour said on
Saturday in Noirmoutier that his agencies were not behind the
random test.

"There is an agreement between Tour organizers ASO, the International Cycling Union and the ministry for random testing and the decision to test a rider is made by a medical
commission," Lamour said.