Once again, the world of cycling is to be damaged because of another doping scandal as a French Senate Committee will reveal this week the names of all riders who tested positive during the 1998 Tour de France.
The 1998 samples were analysed in 2004 by a French antidoping laboratory.
This enquiry focused on how to fight doping in all sports. The report was not centred on cycling but on all major sports.
Laurent Jalabert's name had already been revealed before the 100th edition of the Tour. This week, the French media confirmed that Marco Pantani, Jan Ullrich and Bobby Julich were also doped the same year. Several names were also mentioned like Erik Zabel, Mario Cipollini, Jacky Durand, Andrea Tafi and Abraham Olano.
The Committee had actually planned to reveal the names of the riders on July 18 during the famous stage of Alpe d'Huez.
But the decision was postponed as many people complained about the timing saying that it would hurt the Tour once again, especially as the inquiry is about all the major sports.
Revealing names is one thing, but actually fighting doping is another story, and that is why many people disagreed with the method.
To be fair, cycling authorities made a revolution as riders are the most tested athlete. They also created the biological passport. It is important that footballers or tennis players are tested the same way as cyclists. This is simply a question of fairness.
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