Cycling: Danish police raid hotel of Tour de France team Bahrain Victorious

The raid came after the homes of Bahrain Victorious riders and staff were also searched by French police on June 27, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

COPENHAGEN (AFP, REUTERS) - Danish police raided the hotel of cycling team Bahrain Victorious early on Thursday (June 30), the eve of the start of the Tour de France in Denmark.

The team announced the raid, saying: "Officers have searched all team vehicles, staff and riders' rooms."

Copenhagen Police confirmed this.

"Based on a request from the French police, as part of an ongoing investigation in France, we have carried out a search at a hotel in Brondby," Chief Superintendent Dannie Rise said.

"We have no further information about the operation, and I shall refer you to the French police for more about the investigation itself."

Danish authorities searched all team vehicles and the rooms of staff and riders at 5.30am local time in Brondby.

The team said in a statement that they cooperated fully with the authorities and the search was completed within two hours.

Danish police reportedly found nothing suspect in their two-hour search, with Bahrain confirming: "No items were seized from the team."

Thursday's raid came after the homes of riders and staff were also searched by French police on Monday, before their departure for the Tour.

Following the day's dramatic events, Bahrain simply said: "The team are now looking forward to focusing on the greatest cycling race in the world, the Tour de France."

Bahrain Victorious won three stages in last year's Tour.

Their accommodation was raided after the 17th stage and French prosecutors opened a preliminary investigation into doping allegations against the team.

At the time, the prosecutor's office in Marseille said the investigation was into "acquisition, transport, possession, import of a prohibited substance or prohibited method for use by an athlete without medical justification".

No charges have been brought against the team following the search and confiscation of materials during the 2021 Tour.

This year's edition begins on Friday in Copenhagen.

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