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Tour de France awash in doping questions, controversies

Updated: July 5, 2007, 7:04 PM ET
By Bonnie DeSimone | Special to ESPN.com

LONDON -- As befits a big show, the annual kick-off events for the Tour de France are always placed in a large exhibition hall. This year is no exception, as the enormous, fractious Tour family gathered Thursday at ExCel London on the dockyards of the Thames River, occupying a set of two-story-high rooms right down the concourse from a gynecologists' convention.

Some things never change about the Tour start, majestically known as Le Grand Depart. The 21 teams reported for medical ...

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