Paris, September 22
French judicial authorities have opened a preliminary investigation into suspected doping in the course of the Tour de France focusing on the Arkea-Samsic workforce, the French outfit confirmed.
Following studies within the French press that two individuals near the squad led by Colombian rider Nairo Quintana — a former Giro d’Italia and Spanish Vuelta champion — have been being held for questioning, biking governing physique the UCI later stated it had been in contact with a particular public well being unit (OCLAESP) as a part of the operation carried out by French authorities.
A day after the tip of the three-week Tour in Paris, Arkea-Samsic stated in an announcement that the workforce itself, the supervisor and workers had not been accused of wrongdoing after sports activities newspaper L’Equipe stated gendarmes from the OCLAESP led a search on Wednesday in Meribel, within the Savoie area, on the workforce lodge.
The squad confirmed the raid came about final week and Arkea-Samsic supervisor Emmanuel Hubert stated it “concerned only a very limited number of riders, as well as their close entourage, not employed by the team”.
The French press on Monday quoted a Marseille prosecutor, Dominique Laurens, evoking “the invention of quite a few well being merchandise together with drugs in private belongings … and above all a way that could possibly be certified as doping”.
Prosecutor Dominique Laurens spoke to the French information company, Agence France-Presse. The prosecutor’s workplace refused to offer info in a phone question.
The preliminary investigation was opened for administering and prescribing banned substances with out medical justification or detention of and the tactic used with out medical justification, L’Equipe and different information retailers reported.
“We obviously support our riders, but if it turned out that after the ongoing investigation some elements confirm the veracity of doping practices, the team would immediately dissociate itself from such acts and would take without delay the necessary measures to severe possible links with unacceptable methods it has always fought,” stated Hubert.
Rookie Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia, who rides for the UAE Team Emirates, received the Tour on Sunday. The best-placed rider from Arkea-Samsic was Frenchman Warren Barguil in 14th place. AP