Doping: When Tour hoteliers denounce

Doping: When Tour hoteliers denounce

In the sights of French justice, the Bahrain Victorious would have engaged in amazing night practices during the last Tour de France.

The Bahrain Victorious had an eventful last week before the Tour. After a series of searches at the homes of certain riders and members of the staff, the team of Matej Mohoric or Damiano Carruso saw the Danish police arrive in the early morning at their hotel on Thursday, on the eve of the big departure of the Grande Loop. The rooms were searched as was already the case last summer on the evening of the 15th stage.

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These various searches were carried out as part of the investigation opened by the Marseille public prosecutor’s office for violations of the legislation on doping and poisonous substances. “This action, coordinated by Eurojust and carried out with the assistance of Europol, in execution of 6 European investigation decisions and a request for international criminal assistance, has enabled the judicial and police authorities of the countries concerned several searches at the homes of the manager, three riders, the osteopath and a doctor of the professional cycling team BAHRAIN VICTORIOUS, as well as at the head office of the company WINNING SRL, owner of the team. A search of hotel rooms occupied by members of the cycling team in Copenhagen was also carried out today.said the Marseille prosecutor’s office.

An amazing night activity

“During these searches, electronic equipment (telephones, computers, hard drives) and medicines whose nature and origin remain undetermined or whose delivery is subject to prescription were seized”, specified the French justice, adding: “This operation was carried out as part of the preliminary investigation opened on July 3, 2021 by the Marseille public prosecutor’s office under the Public Health Center (PSP) of the heads of acquisition, transport, possession, import, of a substance or method prohibited for the purpose of use by an athlete without medical justification, importation, acquisition, illicit possession of a substance, plant, preparation or medicine listed on lists I and II or classified as a psychotropic. »

And according to RMC Sport, if justice was interested in the Bahraini training, it is because of the practices noticed by several hoteliers who welcomed the Bahrain Victorious during the Tour de France. Significant home trainer noises would indeed have been heard until late at night. An astonishing nocturnal activity which could aim to facilitate the assimilation of any doping products and to make them undetectable in the event of a control.

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