• Italian, German riders used EPO in 1998 Tour de France: report

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    PARIS – Italian Marco Pantani and Germany’s Jan Ullrich both used the banned blood-booster erythropoetin (EPO) during the 1998 Tour de France, a French parliamentary commission report said Wednesday.

    Pantani, who died in 2004, won the controversial race, with Ullrich taking second place.

    The commission, though, found no hard evidence that American Bobby Julich, who was third, also used EPO, as Le Monde newspaper had reported Tuesday.

    The findings were based on comparisons made of retrospective testing results from 2004 and a list of anonymous samples from 1998.

    AFP

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