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Doping scandals plague Tour de France history

Several controversies taint top finishes over past 15 years

Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2012

American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who was recently stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, steered what the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency deemed the "most sophisticated" doping conspiracy ever in sports.

While Armstrong's fall is notable, several other Tour cyclists have been caught up in doping controversies since the mid-'90s. Click on a year in the tree below to see the top five finishers at each race; hover over athelete names to read more.

Legend
  • Stripped of Tour de France title due to positive doping test/admission of doping directly related to that year's Tour.

  • Sanctioned because of doping offences, or admitted to doping, at some point in their careers. Not cleared by courts/doping authorities.

  • No known sanctions that have been sustained by courts/doping authorities.


- With files from Associated Press, Reuters
Sources: CBC News stories, wire services, news reports, USADA, UCI



 

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