Tuesday 21 May 2019

Tour de farce...

1999 -- Who finished second? Alex Zülle (Swit) who admitted to doping as part of Festina Affair in 1998. Banned for year but returned for 1999.

2000 -- 2nd: Jan Ullrich (Ger). Five-time runner-up was given a two-year ban in February this year after the Operation Puerto doping scandal in 2006, with his races from 2005-2007 banished.

2001 -- 2nd: Ullrich

2002 -- 2nd: Joseba Beloki (Spa). Clean.

2003 -- 2nd: Ullrich

2004 -- 2nd: Andreas Klöden (Ger) Connected to a 2006 doping programme, the rider eventually paid a €25,000 fine. German ADA announced an investigation into Klöden and others on doping suspicions.

2005 -- 2nd: Ivan Basso (Ita). Acquitted in October 2006 in Operation Puerto, but reinvestigated in 2007 and proved guilty. The Italian was banned for two years after he admitted to attempting doping.

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