Officials critical of Lance's team, UCI


VITTEL, France -- French Sports minister Roselyne Bachelot says Astana team riders at the Tour de France stayed too long out of sight of an UCI inspector during a random doping test.

According to L'Equipe sports daily, the UCI official had coffee with officials from Lance Armstrong's team in Andorra last Saturday and didn't test the riders for nearly an hour.

"There was a little bit of avoiding going on," Bachelot said on French TV after Thursday's 12th stage. "I hope it won't happen again."

French anti-doping chief Pierre Bordry accused the UCI of "laxity," without elaborating.

UCI president Pat McQuaid was surprised by Bordry's comments and "denied allegations that the UCI is making any difference with the riders."

Last year, the AFLD ran doping controls alone. The UCI is back to oversee testing this year but in collaboration with the AFLD, which can target riders and ask the UCI to test them.