Sporting Digest: Cycling

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The Independent Online
THE French Federation said yesterday it had decided not to penalise Miguel Indurain, the four-times winner of the Tour de France, for a positive drug test. A special board of the federation met to discuss Indurain's case. The Spaniard tested positive for taking salbutamol during the Tour of Oise, a three-day race which he won in May. The use of salbutamol is accepted by the sport's governing body, the Cycling International Union, because of its therapeutic value as long as it is not taken in great amounts or in a nasal inhaler.