No positive doping results among 189 riders

Updated: June 30, 2005, 11:34 AM ET
Associated Press

CHALLANS, France -- All 189 riders set to compete in this year's Tour de France were cleared to race after undergoing blood tests Thursday.

The 21 teams were tested over a two-hour period and no positive results were found, race medical inspector Marc Vandevyvere said in a statement. Last year, Gorka Gonzalez of the Euskaltel Euskadi team was the only rider banned from competing after failing the pre-race blood test.

The Tour starts Saturday with a 11.8-mile time trial from Fromentine to Noirmoutier-en-l'Ile, and ends July 24.

Lance Armstrong, going for a seventh straight Tour title, will retire from cycling at the end of the Tour.

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