Riders in major races this season will have to submit to blood tests designed to detect use of EPO (erythropoietin). EPO, normally used to help people with kidney problems, occurs naturally in the body where it regulates and generates oxygen-rich red blood cells. It is allegedly being used in sport to enhance the effects and benefits of altitude training.Reuse content
Britain's round of the World Cup has been switched to Rochester after five years in Leeds. The British race on 17 August, the seventh of 10 rounds in the World Cup series, will be run over 238 kilometres and will include some roads used by the Tour de France three years ago.