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Hit record on your TiVo this Saturday because you won't want to miss the UCI Americas Tour and the USA Cycling Pro Tour as they stop in Virginia for a 112-mile race from Williamsburg to Richmond.

 

This beautiful route passes historic Jamestown Plantations on the way to downtown, Richmond where eight circuits will end with a cobblestone climb up Libby Hill.

 

 

 

This North American classic includes top teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and features total prize money of $30,000 for the men's division and $10,000 for the women. Toyota United hopes to make it 10 wins in a row after its recent victory in the Tour of California.

 

 

 

You can find this same-day race coverage on Saturday, April 7, 2:30-5 p.m. Eastern time on your local NBC-affiliate channel.

 

 

 

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A question of timing

Posted by Active Toby Apr 5, 2007

By Jesse Hammond

 

On the heels of an incredible World Championships in Melbourne, the swimming world was suddenly rocked last week when the French newspaper L'Equipe reported that retired Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe showed high levels of two performance-enhancing substances in a drug test in May 2006.

 

Thorpe, who retired last November at the age of 24, denies ever cheating. He will not face losing his records (except, perhaps, to Michael Phelps) or medals, because he did not fail the test, according to swimming and doping officials. The substances, testosterone and luteinizing hormone, are both naturally occurring in a male's body, but high levels can have steroid-like effects.

 

In fact, the biggest controversy surrounding the report has been the actual leak itself. FINA, swimming's world governing body, plans to investigate how the confidential information reached a French newspaper. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) performed the test and maintains they aren't the source of the leak.

 

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has called the report a "serious breach of confidentiality." WADA is not yet involved in the case because it "has not led to an analytical positive result, but is rather an unusual situation which is subject to further inquiry," it said in a statement.

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