The Tour de France is celebrating its centennial race with no defending champion in the peloton and the scent of a massive doping scandal still lingering through the ranks.
But as the race rolls to a start Saturday in Corsica, an idyllic Mediterranean island off the coast of France, Tour organizers are hoping actual competition will make fans forget the Lance Armstrong doping confession from January and last week’s disclosure by Jan Ullrich that he, too, took performance-enhancers when he raced. Former French cycling great Laurent Jalabert recently has been sucked into the scandal too.
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