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Time To Roll It Up, Tour Critics Charge

Even performance by new leader is called "suspicious"
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Jul 27, 2007 6:26 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Tour de France limped along yesterday under a growing storm of criticism and calls that the event be halted. Three top riders were booted in 30 hours this week in a growing doping scandal. Even the performance by the race's new leader, Spain's Alberto Contador, was called "very suspicious" by a rival team manager.

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"The sport is losing,"  said a German rider.  The newspaper France Soir ran a mock death notice saying the tour died after a "long illness." Liberation called the race a "caravan of ridicule" that must be stopped. Italian Daniele Bennati took yesterday's 17th Stage, though Contador still holds a 1:53 overall lead. (Read more Tour de France stories.)

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