A Tour de France team under investigation for suspected doping

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The French judicial authorities have opened a preliminary investigation into suspicions of doping during the Tour de France targeting the Arkea-Samsic team, the French training confirmed.Following information in the French press according to which two people close to the team led by Colombian rider Nairo Quintana – former Giro d’Italia champion and Spanish Vuelta champion – were in detention for questioning, the instance cycling leader with a special public health unit (OCLAESP) as part of the operation led by the French authorities.

A day after the three-week Paris tour ended, Arkea-Samsic said in a statement that the team itself, manager and staff were not charged with wrongdoing after the sports newspaper. The team said OCLAESP gendarmes conducted a search on Wednesday in Méribel, Savoie, at the team’s hotel.

The team confirmed that the raid took place last week and Arkea-Samsic manager Emmanuel Hubert said it “only concerned a very limited number of riders, as well as their close entourage, not employed by the team ”.

The French press quoted Monday a Marseille prosecutor, Dominique Laurens, evoking “the discovery of many health products including drugs in personal effects … and above all a method that could be described as doping”.

Prosecutor Dominique Laurens spoke with the French press agency, Agence France-Presse. The prosecution refused to provide information by telephone.

The preliminary investigation was opened for the administration and prescription of banned substances without medical justification or possession and the method used without medical justification, L’Equipe and other media reported.

“We obviously support our riders, but if it turns out that after the ongoing investigation certain elements confirm the veracity of the doping practices, the team would immediately dissociate themselves from such acts and take the necessary measures without delay to crack down. possible links with unacceptable methods. he always fought, ”said Hubert.

Rookie Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia, who races for the United Arab Emirates team, won the Tour on Sunday. The best placed Arkea-Samsic rider was Frenchman Warren Barguil in 14th place.

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