French prosecutor opens preliminary investigation into doping allegations at Bahrain Victorious

Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) at the Tour de France
Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain Victorious) at the Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

French police have confirmed that they have opened a preliminary investigation into possible doping allegations at the Bahrain Victorious team. The announcement follows the news that the Bahrain Victorious team hotel was raided and vehicles searched by police on Wednesday night at the Tour de France in Pau.

A statement from the Marseille prosecutor's office said the investigation was opened on July 3 into the possible “acquisition, transportation, possession and importing of a prohibited substance or method for use by an athlete without justification by members of Team Bahrain Victorious, currently in action at the 2021 Tour de France."

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Stephen Farrand
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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.