Arkéa-Samsic soigneur and doctor released from preliminary custody

CHAMPAGNOLE FRANCE SEPTEMBER 18 Start Winner Andrew Anacona of Colombia Warren Barguil of France Kevin Ledanois of France Dayer Uberney Quintana Rojas of Colombia Nairo Quintana Rojas of Colombi Clement Russo of France Connor Swift of United Kingdom and Team Arkea Samsic Mask Covid safety measures Team Presentation during 107th Tour de France 2020 Stage 19 a 1665km stage from Bourg en Bresse to Champagnole 547m TDF2020 LeTour on September 18 2020 in Champagnole France Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The Arkéa-Samsic squad at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

In the latest development in the investigation into Arkéa-Samsic, both staff members of the team previously held in preliminary custody were released on Wednesday evening.

Soigneur Mikel Otero and doctor Fredy Alexander González Torres had both been held in 'gardes à vue' since Monday morning after prosecutors in Marseille opened an investigation into a "small part" of the French team following a raid at the Tour de France.

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Dani Ostanek
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