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Tour pair took blood booster

THE top two in the 1998 Tour de France, Italian Marco Pantani and Germany's Jan Ullrich, were taking the banned blood booster EPO, a French Senate inquiry into sports doping declared yesterday.

The medical stubs enclosed in the 918-page report, when compared against a separate list of test results, also reveal that American Lance Armstrong tested positive for EPO in 1999.

Just three days after the end of the 100th Tour, the 21-member parliamentary group said a "truth and reconciliation" commission should be created to lift the veil of silence on illegal practices.

The group recommended that the French government finance studies about the extent of doping, its risks and the range of drugs used.

"We cannot properly fight something that we don't understand," parliamentarian Jean-Jacques Lozach said.



CYCLING: Bradley Wiggins has been confirmed in Team Sky's squad for the Tour of Poland, which begins on Saturday.

The 33-year-old 2012 Tour de France champion and four-time Olympic champion will make his return to racing at the event, which runs until August 3.

Wiggins withdrew from May's Giro d'Italia with a knee injury and chest infection which ruled him out of the 100th Tour de France and a possible defence of the yellow jersey, which teammate Chris Froome inherited in Paris last Sunday.

The first stage takes place in Italy, with Krakow the finish seven days later.



ATHLETICS: Dai Greene has pulled out of this weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games through injury.

It is a worrying development for the world 400 metres hurdles champion, who also had to withdraw from last Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco with an inflamed Achilles tendon.

A Tweet from his management company Definitive Sports read: "World Champion @DaiGreene will not compete in London after failing to recover from a slight niggle in his leg. Main focus is now the Worlds!"

The World Championships in Moscow are less than three weeks away.



TENNIS: Limerick's Sam Barry reached the last eight of the FBD Men's Irish Open, brushing aside the challenge of Benjamin Lock 6-1 6-3 in their second round contest at Fitzwilliam LTC.

The 21-year-old now faces France 's Maxime Tchoutakian, a 6-2 6-1 victor over Britain 's Scott Duncan.