French FDJ team angered by late night dope tests

Thu Jul 9, 2015 1:20pm EDT
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By Julien Pretot

LE HAVRE, France (Reuters) - Cycling should be treated the same as other sports when it comes to doping, members of the elite French team FDJ said on Thursday after three of their riders were subjected to late night blood tests.

FDJ coach Julien Pinot, whose brother Thibaut finished third in last year's Tour de France, and team doctor Gerard Guillaume were fuming after the anti-doping control carried out at 11pm on Wednesday.

Pinot, Alexandre Geniez of France and Swiss Steve Morabito were the three FDJ riders who were tested.

"Even if the sport has made many mistakes in the past, I think it's going somewhat too far," Guillaume told French TV.

"The first controls of the day took place at 6am...I guarantee you that it would make the front page of L'Equipe newspaper if it happened in soccer."

Julien Pinot referred on his Twitter feed to injections of corticoids given to tennis player Richard Gasquet to treat a back injury after the Frenchman reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

"Random test at 11pm while Gasquet qualifies for the semis with an injection. Not the same treatment by the authorities and the media," he said.

Gasquet, who reached Friday's semi-finals by beating Swiss Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday, was quoted by sports daily L'Equipe as saying: "Fortunately, injections exist."   Continued...