Mohoric says Bahrain Victorious have 'nothing to hide' after Tour de France doping raid

Tour de France 2021 - 108th Edition - 7th stage Vierzon - Le Creusot 249,1 km - 02/07/2021 - Matej Mohoric (SLO - Bahrain Victorious) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
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Matej Mohoric has insisted he and his Bahrain Victorious team have “nothing to hide” after French authorities opened a doping investigation and raided the team’s hotel at the Tour de France.

Speaking in Pau on Thursday ahead of stage 18, the Slovenian national champion described the scenes at the hotel the previous night, explaining that around 50 police officers searched their personal belongings.

Mohoric found it “a little bit weird” that doping suspicions exist “even in the year 2021”, and described himself and his teammates as determined to race on, suggesting they will be “flying” in Thursday’s final mountain stage.

“We arrived super late at the hotel, at like 9pm, and the hotel was full of police immediately after,” he said.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.