Bala Verde said:
Jacques de Ceaurriz died today.
It was a hit?
PARIS — Jacques de Ceaurriz, the French anti-doping lab director who co-developed the urine test for EPO, died Tuesday. He was 60.
The French anti-doping agency did not give the cause of death.
De Ceaurriz was prominent in the global fight against doping. He and Francoise Lasne, a doctor at the French anti-doping agency, developed the test for the endurance enhancer EPO. De Ceaurriz, a former pharmacist, worked with several labs before concentrating on doping issues in 1997.
In 2005, the French sports daily L'Equipe alleged that seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong used EPO during the 1999 race. De Ceaurriz said the lab could not confirm the positive samples cited in the paper were from Armstrong. But he said the EPO test was absolutely reliable, even for analyzing old samples.