Arkea-Samsic Team Under Investigation for Possible Doping at the Tour

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Photo credit: Tim de Waele - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim de Waele - Getty Images

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  • French police carried out a search of the Arkea-Samsic team at the Tour de France, and have taken two unidentified people into custody under the suspicion of doping.

  • The prosecutor said that police found “many health products including drugs” in their personal belongings.

  • Arkea-Samsic team leader Nairo Quintana finished the Tour in 17th place.

Two people were in police custody on Monday after an investigation was opened into suspected doping at this year’s Tour de France by the Arkea-Samsic team, French prosecutors announced.

In a statement, the Marseille prosecutor Dominique Laurens said that it was carrying out an investigation into a “small part” of Arkea-Samsic, without specifying who had been placed in custody.

Laurens added that the two people in custody had “many health products including drugs in their personal belongings, but also and above all a method that can be qualified as doping.”

Asked by AFP about the opening of the investigation, the general manager of the French team Emmanuel Hubert did not comment.

According to details provided to AFP by a source familiar with the matter, a search was conducted on riders from the Arkea-Samsic team, including Dayer Quintana, brother and teammate of former Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España winner Nairo Quintana, and members of the medical team.

French media report that the search was carried out on Wednesday.

Laurens added that the investigation concerned the prescription of a substance or method banned for athletes as well as help and encouragement in the use of that substance or method, and their transportation and possession.

Arkea-Samsic leader Nairo Quintana finished the Tour in 17th place, more than an hour behind the winner Tadej Pogačar. Quintana's teammate Warren Barguil finished in 14th place, 31 minutes from Pogačar.

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