TOUR DE FRANCE SAYS NO PUERTO RIDERS WILL START 2007 RACE

Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has said no rider implicated in last year?s Spanish anti-doping investigation, Operacion Puerto, will be welcome at this year?s event.

?We cannot afford to let riders named in the case enter the Tour if they are not cleared of suspicion.? Christian Prudhomme told the French press on Friday.

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