The French Prosecutor's Office opens an investigation on suspicion of doping in the Tour

Although the Prosecutor's Office did not specify the affected team, both "L'Équipe" and the weekly "Le Journal du Dimanche" pointed out that it was the Arkea. There are two detainees.

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The French Public Prosecutor's Office on Monday opened a preliminary investigation against a cycling team on suspicion of doping in the Tour de France, which ended this Sunday with the victory of the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar. Although the Prosecutor's Office did not specify the affected team, both the sports daily "L'Équipe" and the weekly "Le Journal du Dimanche" pointed out that it is the French Arkéa Samsic, whose leader is the Colombian Nairo Quintana.

The French media indicated that the investigations, in the hands of the Marseille Prosecutor's Office, have been opened after the discovery of "numerous medical devices, including drugs, which can be classified as doping". This same Monday it was also known that the French gendarmerie searched the room of one of the hotels in Quintana and of two of his other compatriots in the Arkéa last week during the Tour.

According to the French press, the search took place last Wednesday at the hotel in Megève, in the Alps, early in the morning. The agents of the brigade for the fight against environmental crimes and public health arrived with a court order and searched Quintana's room, that of his brother Dayer and that of Winner Anacona, as well as those of the masseurs and some vehicles, said Le Journal du Dimanche ". Two people have been arrested in the framework of the investigation opened by the French Prosecutor's Office on suspicions of doping in the Arkéa-Samsic team, the French media indicated on Monday.

The weekly added that this registration was made without any link with the French Agency for the Fight against Doping (AFLD), responsible for the controls during the Tour. Quintana, who came to the Tour with options to get on the podium for the fourth time in his career, was dismounted from that fight after suffering three falls. The Boyacá rider finished in 17th place, more than Pogacar.

It is not the first time that the gendarmerie environmental brigade investigates Tour participants, although their investigations have never determined the commission of crimes. In 2017, they opened an investigation to determine if there were motors in the bikes of some cyclists, but they closed it earlier this year due to lack of evidence. Last year they also turned their attention to the Deceuninck team, but the investigation was also shelved.



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