LEEDS, England (AP) ? Doping has been an unfortunate part of the Tour de France since its inception in 1903. Instead of today's high-tech performance enhancers like blood-booster EPO, riders juiced up on wine and cocaine, even strychnine, to get a lift in the race.
As the sport went prime-time and grew more competitive and lucrative, the crackdown on doping cheats also intensified ? leading to the eventual dethroning of seven-time champ Lance Armstrong, the most famous rider of a tainted era.