The Tour de France peloton upon arrival on the Champs-Elysées, September 20, 2020. -

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A preliminary investigation has been opened into suspicions of doping targeting a team of the Tour de France which has just ended, the prosecutor announced Monday to AFP.

This investigation was opened by the public health pole of the Marseille prosecutor's office, said prosecutor Dominique Laurens, referring to the “discovery of many health products including drugs (…) and above all a method that can be qualified as doping”.

Two police custody are in progress.

A search at the Arkea-Samsic hotel last week

According to details provided to AFP by a source familiar with the matter, a search targeting several riders of the Arkea-Samsic team was carried out last week, confirming information from the

Journal du Dimanche






revealed Sunday that the gendarmes of the OCLAESP (Central Office for the Fight against Attacks on the Environment and Public Health) had carried out a search of the hotel of the French team last Wednesday, near Méribel,

Emmanuel Hubert, the manager of Arkéa-Samsic, had confirmed the information with



The rooms of Colombian runners (Nairo Quintana and his brother Dayer, as well as Winner Anacona) were particularly targeted.


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