Friday 1 July 2011

QuickStep bus seized by French police

French police have seized an entire Team QuickStep bus, according to reports in the French press. No further details have yet emerged, but it would appear to be part of the ongoing fight against doping. They swooped at 17.30 (local time) this afternoon at Challans and have taken the bus to a facility in La-Roche-sur-Yon says Belgian website Sportwereld. Directeur sportif Wilfried Peeters and the driver are both with the police. Most reports say nobody else is involved, but the Ouest France website appears to suggest that riders Sylvain Chavanel and Tom Boonen "are being heard," which may mean they're talking to the police.

Team spokesman Alessandro Tegner confirmed the story but is also unable to provide details and no reason for the seizure has been given, but the obvious answer is they suspect they will find banned doping products aboard.

The 2011 Tour is already looking to be on shaky ground with Wim Vansevenant and Sven Schoutteten - neither of whom would have been riding but have links to the Omega-Pharma Lotto and BMC teams - having been recently arrested for possession of banned substances.

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