Anti-doping agency and French police communicating over Bahrain Victorious Tour de France raid

LUZ ARDIDEN FRANCE JULY 15 Pello Bilbao of Spain Sonny Colbrelli of Italy Dylan Teuns of Belgium Wout Poels of The Netherlands Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Matej Mohori of Slovenia Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Marco Haller of Austria Fred Wright of The United Kingdom and Team Bahrain Victorious at start during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 18 a 1297km stage from Pau to Luz Ardiden 1715m LeTour TDF2021 on July 15 2021 in Luz Ardiden France Photo by Chris GraythenGetty Images
Bahrain Victorious before the start of stage 17 of the Tour de France, the morning after the police raids (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The International Testing Agency, responsible for anti-doping in cycling and a number of other sports, have told Cyclingnews they have been "in communication" with the French police that searched the rooms and seized computers, mobile phones and training data of the Bahrain Victorious team at the Tour de France on Wednesday night.

According to the Reuters news agency, the French investigation began last year amid suspicions of doping.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.