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Alberto Contador

Cycling solves doping quandary?

An American is not going to win the Tour de France, which winds up Sunday in Paris. It looks like that honor is going to either Spain’s Alberto Contador or Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck.

But people who follow cycling should feel proud that this sport seems to have a firm handle on a problem affecting many professional sports: how to effectively test for drugs.

This year, as soon as  cyclists crossed the finish line of each leg to the Tour,  a black-vested chaperon sprinted to their side.  The chaperon stayed with them until the cyclists submitted blood and urine tests. This cuts down on the chance to  tamper or alter the samples.  Years ago, some riders...