Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
French justice have announced that 31 people linked to cycling - former professionals, amateur riders and officials - have been charged in an investigation over an alleged dope dealing network. The investigation is looking into allegations of widespread doping in amateur cycling near Poitiers, in central France, including claims that riders frequently took a mixture of caffeine and amphetamines.

A Festina team car has been stopped by customs and searched near the Belgian border, almost a year since a similar incident sparked the Tour de France doping scandal. Police said the car was stopped in St Aybert, near the northern town of Valenciennes, and small quantities of steroids and creatine were found. Customs said none of the products were illegal in France and the driver was released.

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