Editor's Note: FasterSkier.com is primarily a cross-country ski news source. However, we are providing coverage of the current doping issues at the Tour de France. As our readers know all to well, the use of banned substances is a significant issue in international cross-country ski racing. The events at the Tour provide insight into the current state of cheating in sport, and serve to remind us that this issue remains one of the largest challenges facing the international cross-country community.
The already beleagured Tour de France is about to take another blow with reports on Wednesday of a rider testing positive for testosterone after last week's 11th stage.
The report, which appeared on the sports daily L'Equipe's website, says the UCI is preparing to release details of the failed control taken after last Thursday's stage between Marseille and Montpellier.
Eight riders were tested after the stage: Robert Hunter (stage winner), Michael Rasmussen (yellow-jersey leader), Maxim Iglinskiy, Erik Zabel, Lilian Jegou, Cristian Morini, Kim Kirchen and Patxi Vila.