Paris: While the sports world comes to terms with the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, Tour de France organisers unveiled a mountainous, prestigious route for the 100th edition of the world's greatest cycling race on Wednesday. The 2013 Tour, which will start from Corsica, will take l'Alpe d'Huez's 21 hairpins twice in the same stage, go up the gruelling Mont Ventoux and end at dusk on the Champs Elysees.
But with nine of the last 14 title wins wiped out due to doping, it remains to be seen whether this year's race will have any credibility. Seven of those titles belonged to Armstrong, who was stripped of his 1999-2005 victories when the International Cycling Union (UCI) ratified the USADA's decision to nullify the American's results from August 1998 onward. According to Tour director Christian Prudhomme, however, cycling is changing. "A movement has started a few years ago and it must go on. Everybody must work on it," Prudhomme told reporters before Wednesday's ceremony.
"You cannot say that (anti-doping) tests don't work. I remind you that we lost two winners in five years recently (over doping)," he added, referring to Floyd Landis and Alberto Contador being stripped of their 2006 and 2010 victories after failing dope tests during the race. Prudhomme said the day belonged to the magic of the Tour. "Today is the Tour de France presentation ceremony," he said.
Next year's route is expected to suit top climbers with Spain's Contador and Briton Chris Froome the likely
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