Just a week before the Tour de France starts, there's more drug news:

The Tour de France has asked the Astana-Wurth team to pull out of this year's race because of a doping scandal in Spain.

Tour organizers were also considering whether to urge contender Jan Ullrich to withdraw after reports suggested he was involved in Spain's doping scandal, according to his T-Mobile team.

The Ullrich thing is a big development -- he's been implicated in the ongoing Spanish doping investigation that also precipitated the Astana-Wurth situation. Stay tuned, because this one could get really bad really fast.

Update: Ullrich will be allowed to compete. "For the Tour de France, for now, there is no problem with Ullrich," Tour spokesman Philippe Soudres said.

AuthorMark McClusky