At the anti-doping summit held in Paris on October 22 and 23, the UCI, WADA and ASO announced that they would be issuing 500 to 700 biological passports before July 1, 2008. The passport will be based on a half dozen blood analysis to determine each riders blood profile. The combined profile will be used to accurately identify dopers, and it is hoped to be a real weapon against doping. It will be compulsory at all major races. Read the full story at cyclingnews.
It would be great if the mainstream press would recognize the serious steps that cycling has taken in the past two years and turn their guns on North American professional sports, where the drug policies are a beyond pathetic. It would be funny if not for the fact that doping in the NFL, MLB and NBA have led to widespread doping right down to the high school level. But the press doesn't seem to care about that.