European police raid Bahrain cycling team and seize evidence

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Police investigating suspected doping by Tour de France team Bahrain Victorious have seized more than 450 capsules of unidentified substances from a house in Slovenia during searches across the Europe, the European agency Eurojust announced on Friday.

Riders and staff were raided at their homes and the team’s hotel in Denmark was raided this week ahead of the three-week race which kicked off in Copenhagen on Friday.

In a statement, the European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation (Eurojust) said 14 properties in six countries had been searched and three people had been questioned.

Eurojust said “412 capsules with undetermined brown content and 67 capsules with undetermined white content” were found at a property in Slovenia, where a mobile phone was also seized.

Substances were also seized in Belgium, Italy and Poland, as well as computers, telephones and other electronic devices. Police also searched properties in Spain and seized potential evidence.

The investigation was opened in May and led by prosecutors in Marseille, France, Eurojust said, adding that the target was “alleged doping violations involving an international cycling team“.

The Bahrain government-sponsored team was also raided by French police during last year’s Tour.

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