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Saunier-Duval team pulls out of Tour after Ricco tests positive for EPO

Updated: July 17, 2008, 10:17 PM ET
Associated Press

NARBONNE, France -- Drugs hit the Tour de France again Thursday, the third doping bust in this race and netting the biggest name yet: Italy's Riccardo Ricco, a winner of two stages.

The disclosure came hours before the 12th stage, which was won by Britain's Mark Cavendish while Australia's Cadel Evans kept the yellow jersey.

But as is often the case in cycling, drugs overshadowed racing. This is the third straight year, the sport's showpiece event has been undercut by doping.

"May ...

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