All 656 doping samples taken at the 2015 Tour de France will be stored for use in retrospective testing

The doping control samples submitted by Chris Froome and the other riders in the Tour de France will be stored for ten years to be used in retrospective analysis.

Cycling’s governing body, the UCI, along with the the Cycling Anti-Doping Foundation (CADF) and French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) announced the measure on Friday.

In total, 656 doping controls were carried out at the Tour de France – an average of over 28 in each of the race’s 23 days – with the 482 blood samples analysed against the biological passport.

“The UCI, the CADF and the AFLD have agreed to keep the samples for potential retrospective analyses in the future,” a statement read. “As for all Grands Tours, all the collected samples concerning the best five riders in the general classification will be kept for ten years for potential retrospective analyses.”

Dr Francesco Rossi, of CADF, claims testers strengthened their targeted controls based on information provided by sources and the support of an intelligence analyst.

UCI president, Brian Cookson, said: Thanks to the sharing of information between all anti- doping actors and a strategy focused on even more targeted controls, we can be confident of the robustness of our programme.”

Only one positive test from the Tour de France has been revealed, with Katusha’s Luca Paolini kicked off the race after testing positive for cocaine.

His former Katusha teammate Giampaolo Caruso was suspended by the team after retrospective testing showed a positive for EPO in 2012.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    Its all well and good taking the high ground but doping in sport has gone on for millenniums .Those who blow the whistle on certain riders did so to save their own skins, a clean peloton does not exist and never will and if you think different you are in a dream world.

  • FPCyclist

    Wrong direction for your wrath, guys. Thank LA, Hincapie, Vino, Bruyneel, Dr. Evil, and all the idiots for nearly destroying the sport. Thanks to dilligent reporting and brave people like Bassons, Emma O’Reilly, the Andreus, et al, we know the extent of the cheaters’ activities and tactics. The testers and governing body have no choice but to drop the hammer. Think more broadly, like an historian, and you’ll gain the perspective to place blame with the right people. LA, Hincapie, and the rest are the real villians in all this.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    So according to you they should not keep them at all ,in ten years time there will be plenty of people still around to prosecute.I personally think it should remain as it is today which really is a free for all you have to very unlucky to get caught.If they take CFs wins from him it could not happen to nicer person.

  • StraightlineBoy

    So in 2025 we’ll be able to declare Chris Froome the 2015 Tour winner? This is basically an admission that the sport has rules that it has no means of enforcing…does nothing for the credibility of cycling and nothing to repair the damage to it’s reputation done over the past 20 years

  • heinlein

    What does ten years of retrospective analyses mean? Will riders be retroactively sanctioned when improved tests show illegal substances that contemporary tests did not detect? Will riders be retroactively sanctioned for substances that were not known or not illegal at the time the samples were taken? The latter is especially ridiculous. Only contemporary tests should figure in determining the results of races, and decisions based on contemporary findings should be final; otherwise, it’s like changing the rules after the competition. The obsession with controlling doping is becoming irrational.

  • Andrew Bairsto

    I bet some teams are a bit worried .