South Africa to re-test over 50 'top' cyclists

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FILE - In this July 19, 2009, file photo, Lance Armstrong crosses the finish line during the 15th stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Verbier, Switzerland. Armstrong confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs to win the Tour de France during a taped interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, reversing more than a decade of denial. (AP Photo/Laurent Rebours, File)

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Lance Armstrong's confession has pushed South Africa's anti-doping body to retroactively test blood samples from over 50 top cyclists for EPO.

The South African Institute for Drug-Free Sport says it will re-test samples from cyclists who competed in all major mountain and road races in South Africa last year.

The agency says this will help it discover "if a major EPO doping problem exists in this country."

South Africa's doping body banned David George, one of the country's best riders and a former teammate of Armstrong, for two years last month for EPO use.

SAIDS chief executive Khalid Galant says "cycling is being damaged by these high-profile doping cases with a high sense of cynicism existing."

Galant says riders who doped have an opportunity to confess.

 
 
 

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