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Blood tests negative for all 25 riders checked

7/17/2007

BRIANCON, France -- All 25 riders who had blood tests before
the start of Tuesday's ninth stage of the Tour de France showed
negative results.

Tour leader Michael Rasmussen was tested along with his Rabobank
teammates, as were riders from the Lampre and Credit Agricole
teams, the International Cycling Union said.

The UCI carried out the tests early Tuesday morning. Marc
Vandevyvere, a UCI doctor, signed a document saying none of the
tests came back positive. The tests check for abnormal blood levels
that could indicate doping.

Juan Mauricio Soler of Colombia won Tuesday's stage, which took
riders on a 99.1-mile mountain trek from Val d'Isere to Briancon.