At the Tour de France team Bahrain Victorious, the police in the Pyrenees are searching the hotel. According to the team, no one is arrested, but the officials want to see the professional cyclists’ training documents.
Pau / Luz Ardiden (dpa) – A police raid on the Tour de France team Bahrain Victorious caused a sensation at the world’s largest cycle race.
The racing team, which includes the Dutchman Wout Poels wearing the mountain jersey and sprinter Sonny Colbrelli from Italy, announced on Thursday morning that there would be a search by several police officers on Wednesday evening after the 17th stage in the hotel in Pau in the Pyrenees have given.
The driver’s rooms searched
“As part of the investigation, the drivers’ rooms were searched. Although the reasons for the investigation were not known, the team was also asked to provide all training materials. These were compiled and presented to the officials as requested, ”wrote the team, whose captain Jack Haig had to leave the race in the first week. According to the team, there were no arrests, the racing team is scheduled to start on the 18th stage this Thursday from Pau to Luz Ardiden.
“It was nothing special, we had a visit from the police, they asked about the drivers’ training files, they checked the bus, and that was it,” team boss Milan Erzen had previously told the cycling portal “Cyclingnews”. The Spanish cycling team Movistar, which resided in the same hotel as Bahrain Victorious, was not affected by the searches.
Background still unclear
So far it is unclear what the officials were looking for in the cycling team. The team dealt with the raid openly and published their own statement on their homepage on the day of the last stage of the Pyrenees. Bahrain Victorious, for whom the German Marcel Sieberg is also driving, promised to “always work together professionally”.
The searches would have affected regeneration and meal planning. “The well-being of our team is one of our main concerns,” the team wrote. The Belgian Dylan Teuns and the Slovenian Matej Mohoric had already clinched daily victories for the team on the current tour.