9 Apr April 9, 2010 by studio55 in News The French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) have shown they remain at the cutting edge of anti doping research this week in cycling, regardless of the UCI’s decision to remove them from working on major events. The AFLD are still investigating the Ukrainian U23 team who tested positive at the 2009 Tour de l’Avenir. BikePure were saddened at these positives last year, as the race is restricted to the best developing talent in the world, commonly known as an espoir Tour de France. The young Ukrainian cyclists proved that endemic doping still exists and threatens the health and results of another generation. Two of the Ukrainian team admitted to blood doping and using the banned blood-boosting drug EPO. A total of 143 vials were seized during the operation, and since then they have been cooperating with the AFLD, which has helped uncover their procedures, which makes it possible to evade the testing. The riders who individually admitted that they were ‘heavily doped’ by their management and coaches, were not found cheating by testing, but by a planned search by French Customs officials who discovered used syringes with blood on them. Analysis of the syringes found Actovegin – which is an oxygen-carrier that can also mask the use of forbidden substances. BikePure believe the breakthrough came when they stepped outside the lab and talked directly to the athletes, finding out how and why they cheated. The AFLD chief Pierre Bodry said “The big change is that it appears increasingly clear that we can, using the protocols, have a negative analysis for a rider that has doped , It is not one substance, but several substances whose effects are combined ” Knowing that riders can beat the testing is an unnerving admission for the anti doping community. But knowledge is power and the AFLD have used the corporation of the riders to find out how they evade testing positive. This is the first step to closing this loop hole. The AFLD’S Michel Rieu, said these protocols are too complex for the 19-20 year old kids to develop, and is confident the work was done by an advanced network of criminals who provide protocols for athletes to evade positive tests. Now the AFLD has signed an “agreement to exchange information” with the police and Interpol in order to bring to justice, the obviously organized networks, responsible for risking the health of our future champions.