By Gregor Brown in Montluçon
Johnny Schleck, the father of CSC-Saxo Bank riders Fränk and Andy Schleck, did not mind the French police doing its job when they searched his car Thursday afternoon, but he did not appreciate the way in which the officers conducted themselves. The search, which ultimately revealed nothing, raised eyebrows and provided headlines in what was an otherwise straightforward day of racing at the Tour.
"It is normal, when a rider is good there is suspicion of him. I am just upset with the way the police handled themselves," said Schleck, a former professional rider and now a car driver within the Tour de France. "If they stopped me normally, had me go to the side, I would do that. It was in the race, I was only 30 or 40 seconds ahead of the race but I had to stop and get out to one side. It could have been possible that I caused a big crash."
The only items of interest to police were Schleck's medications. "They found medications that I use to treat my knee and for my urine - they found those and that's it. I don't mind all the focus on anti-doping and what they did with me, but just not how they did it."