Danish police forces raided the team’s hotel the day before the start of the Tour de France at the request of French authorities Bahrain-Victorious carried out. The racing team announced this today, Thursday. The officers searched the team members’ rooms and the team vehicles in the early hours of the morning. However, the racing team announced that nothing was confiscated during the two-hour campaign.
The team with the two top contenders Damiano Caruso and Jack Haig and last year’s Tour stage winner Matej Mohoric did not provide any further information. Already on Monday, before the team left for the start of the tour in Copenhagen (Denmark), the apartments of drivers and supervisors were searched. It remained unclear which people were affected and where the searches by the police took place. No reason was given either. “The timing of this investigation is deliberately intended to damage the team’s reputation,” the statement said.
During the last Tour of France, there were searches of hotel rooms in the Bahrain team in the Pyrenees – to which Hermann Pernsteiner from Lower Austria also belongs. According to the drivers, cell phones were also confiscated. However, the results of the investigation are still pending. So far, no official investigation has been initiated against any driver, and no bans have been imposed.