Four riders due to compete in the Tour of Guadeloupe have been taken into police custody and placed under investigation for possession of banned substances, AFP reported Saturday. The four, Guadeloupéens Johann Rufine and Boris Carina and Colombians Ismael Sarmiento and Daniel Bernal, all belong to local cycling club Sports Union Lamentinoise (USL) and were removed from the 58th edition of the Tour of Guadeloupe which started Friday.
They had been taken into police custody on Thursday after a customs search on Wednesday revealed products, authorised for oral administration, were to be injected intravenously by the riders, according to deputy prosecutor of Pointe-a-Pitre, Patrick Desjardins. The search took place as the riders returned from a week's training in Colombia.
A raid Thursday on the headquarters of USL revealed many more suspicious products, some of which have yet to be subjected to analysis, plus injection equipment suitable for transfusions. A further raid on Friday at the home of a club associate also uncovered similar equipment buried at the bottom of a garden.