The prosecutor Dominique Laurens pointed out this Monday to the agency ‘AFP’ that they had found “numerous health products among the drugs, and above all a method that can be classified as doping,” and warned that two police arrests were underway for the night of this Monday.
Laurens did not cite any team in question, but the newspaper ‘Le Journal du dimanche’ already revealed that last week the gendarmes had searched the Arkéa-Samsic hotel, while its sports director, Emmanuel Hubert, confirmed this information to ‘L ‘Equipe’, who indicated that the search was not directed towards the team but directly towards Nairo Quintana, whose room, that of his brother Dayer and that of his compatriot Winner Anacona would have been investigated.
Hubert himself later issued a statement in which he reiterated that the gendarmes focused on their searches “on a very limited number of corridors, as well as their immediate surroundings, who are not employees of the team.”
“The team, its general manager as well as its staff, currently quoted in the media, are not absolutely questioned and consequently they are not kept informed of any element from near or far, related to the progress of the investigation, that I remind you , does not directly target the team or its staff, “he added in the note collected by ‘lequipe.fr’.
Hubert showed his support for his riders, but made it clear that if “the veracity of doping practices is proven, the team would immediately dissociate itself from such acts and take the necessary measures without delay to end the ties that could bind it with unacceptable methods. and against whom he always fights “.
For its part, the International Cycling Union (UCI) confirmed that it has been “in communication” with the Central Office for the Fight against Environmental Damage and Public Health (OCLAESP) and the Anti-Doping Cycling Foundation (CADF) “as part of the legal operations carried out by French authorities outside the Tour de France “.
“The UCI welcomes and supports the action of all the parties involved and will take the appropriate measures once it has taken note of the information obtained by the French legal authorities,” said the body.