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McQuaid: Odd positive test wouldn't be a bad thing

Updated: July 18, 2011, 13:51


SAINT-PAUL-TROIS-CHATEAUX, France (AP) The head of cycling's governing body says a positive drug test or two at the Tour de France wouldn't necessarily be a "bad thing'' as it would suggest anti-doping efforts are working.

International Cycling Union president Pat McQuaid tells The Associated Press that if cycling's premier race went two years without a positive test, then "you'd probably say there must be something going wrong here.''

McQuaid spoke Monday on the Tour's second rest day before riders set off toward the Alps and the Paris finish on Sunday.

McQuaid says the fact that unheralded Thomas Voeckler is leading with several riders close behind suggests the sport is becoming cleaner, however he doubts cheating will ever be totally eradicated.

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