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Associated Press - July 25, 2007 1:33 PM ET

GENEVA (AP) - 1 of Switzerland's biggest newspapers will stop writing about the Tour de France because of the recent doping scandals surrounding some of the participants.

The paper says in its Web site that it will no longer report on the Tour stages and will limit its coverage to results and doping stories.

The newspaper has a circulation of about 231,000, reaching an estimated 550,000 readers.

The move comes on the day French police took away Italian rider Cristian Moreni after he failed a doping test for testosterone.

Yesterday, Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov (vihn-oh-KOHR'-awf) and his Astana team were disqualified because he tested positive for a banned blood transfusion.

Two German public TV channels dropped their coverage of the Tour last week in protest after German cycling officials announced T-Mobile rider Patrik Sinkewitz tested positive for high levels of testosterone.

Tour leader Michael Rasmussen, who won today's 16th stage of the Tour de France, is also battling doping suspicions because he skipped drug controls ahead of the Tour.

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