Sports

Danes search Bahrain Victorious riders’ hotel ahead of Tour

News Post || News Now:

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Bahrain Victorious team at the Tour de France was raided by police for the second time this week on Thursday, a day before the tour’s grand start in Denmark.

The team confirmed in a statement that the hotel rooms and vehicles of riders and staff in suburban Copenhagen were searched by Danish officers, and they “fully cooperated with all the officers’ requests, and the search was completed within two hours. No items were seized from the team.”

Danish police acted at the request of French prosecutors, Copenhagen police spokesman Dannie Rise said in a statement, referring further questions to the French police.

Hotel manager Jeroen Bishop told Danish media police arrived shortly before 6 a.m. local time (0400 GMT), that there were uniformed and plainclothes officers, and ”all went quietly and calmly.”

Ads

On Monday, riders and staff from Bahrain Victorious had their homes searched by police before they left for the Tour de France. The team said it felt the timing of the searches was “aimed at intentionally damaging the team’s reputation.”

Jack Haig and Damiano Caruso have been selected to lead Bahrain Victorious. The team also includes Jan Tratnik, Kamil Gradek, Fred Wright and Luis Leon Sanchez, as well as 2021 stage winners Matej Mohorič and Dylan Teuns.

RELATED:  England star Harry Maguire booed by fans at Wembley vs Ivory Coast amid Man Utd struggles

The team also was raided by French police during last year’s Tour as part of a doping investigation. It yielded nothing.

The Tour begins in Copenhagen on Friday with an individual time trial and two more stages in Denmark, including crossing the Great Belt Bridge that links the Zealand island where Copenhagen sits and the central isle of Funen. The stage could be potentially very windy.

___

More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

Mayor Sophie Haestorp Andersen and Tour director Christian Prudhomme speak during the team presentation ahead of the Tour de France cycling race in Copenhagen, Denmark, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. The race starts Friday, July 1, the first stage is an individual time trial over 13.2 kilometers (8.2 miles) with start and finish in Copenhagen.

JOIN THE CONVERSATION

Conversations are opinions of our readers and are subject to the Code of Conduct. The Star does not endorse these opinions.

Latest Sports Breaking News Today Headlines Check Below Links

Today News Post || USA News || NFL News || NHL News || NBA News || MLB News || Sports News Today

Source

Tags
Show More

Related Articles

Back to top button
Close