French police searched Nairo Quintana’s hotel room

French police searched Nairo Quintana’s hotel room

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French police searched the hotel rooms of Arkéa-Samsic riders, including Nairo Quintana, last week at the Tour de France. According to the AFP, prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into possible doping by a “small part” of the team.

As first reported by Le Journal du Dimanche and then L’Equipe, Police searched the rooms of Nairo Quintana, his brother Dayer Quintana, Winner Anacona, and team soigneurs, as well as the team cars after Wednesday’s stage 17. Arkéa-Samsic was staying in a hotel in Les Allues near Méribel at the time.

The search was conducted by the Central Office for the Fight against Threats to Environmental and Public Health (OCLAESP). According to Le Parisien, police reportedly recovered “100ml of saline and injection equipment.”

A report in the AFP on Monday confirmed that prosecutors in Marseille have opened a probe following the “discovery of many health products including drugs … and above all a method that can be qualified as doping.”

Le Parisien reports that a team doctor and soigneur were taken into police custody on Monday while Nairo and Dayer Quintana were questioned.

As L’Equipe noted, the OCLAESP has been involved in at least two other inquiries in the cycling world recently, first looking into technological fraud in the form of hidden motors, and then in an investigation of the Deceuninck-Quick-Step team. Both inquiries have since been closed.

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