Top 10 Sporting Accomplishments That Deserve An Asterisk

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#2 - 1996 - Bjarne Riis' Tour de France Victory


In May of last year, 1996 Tour De France winner Bjarne Riis admitted taking performance-enhancing drugs prior to his victory. Riis said he used EPO, a banned substance leading up to the race. But Bjarne could not be punished for his doping because the 10-year statute of limitations had expired. All the International Cycling Union could do was "urge[s] the former rider to return his yellow jersey." It seems difficult to trust any Tour De France results. Just this year nine riders were disqualified for doping, but perhaps we will have to wait 10 years after the victory of these races for the riders to come forward. Correction: Just three riders were disqualified - Manuel Beltrán, Moisés Dueñas, Riccardo Riccò. When Riccardo Ricco was disqualified, the six other members of his team Saunier Duval-Scott withdrew from the competition. Big thanks to reader Mark F. for bringing this to our attention.




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