Two people were arrested as part of the investigation into suspected doping in Arkea-Samsic, Nairo Quintana's team, after the 2020 Tour de France. The investigation, explained Dominique Laurens, Marseille prosecutor, concerns a small part of the riders of the team, after many health products, including drugs, were discovered in their personal effects, but also and above all a method that it can be qualified as doping.
The magistrate did not want to specify the identity of the people heard. According to Le Parisien, it would be a doctor and a physiotherapist. Due to the absence of the doctor in charge, for health reasons, the team had appealed to a Colombian professional for the Tour, but it is not known whether he is among the suspects.
Doping investigation on the 2020 Tour de France
The investigation aims to ascertain whether there has been: "administration to an athlete, without medical justification, of a prohibited substance or method in the context of a sporting event, or help in the use and incitement for the use of a prohibited substance or method to athletes, and also the transport and possession of a substance or method prohibited for use by an athlete without medical justification."
The maximum penalty in France for this type of crime is five years of imprisonment. Previously, the Journal du Dimanche revealed that the Central Office for Combating Environmental Violations and Public Health had carried out a search last Wednesday at the Arkea-Samsic hotel in Les Allues, near Méribel.
Meanwhile yesterday we told you how Sam Bennett won the twenty-first stage of the Tour de France 2020 arriving in Paris, on the Champs-Elysées. The Irishman was thus able to celebrate with a prestigious victory the conquest of the green jersey, already mathematically his after the intermediate sprint in which the great rival Peter Sagan did not participate.
The 21-year-old Slovenian Tadej Pogacar triumphs in the Grande Boucle 2020 thanks to the comeback of the time trial towards La Planche des Belles Filles, a feat that will remain in the annals of the French race. 122 km from Mantes la Jolie to the Champs-Elysées, stage with only one fourth category GPM in the initial part.
Long hug before the start between Tadej Pogacar and the great defeated Roglic, joined at the head of the group by the other Slovenians Mezgec, Mohoric and Polanc. After the usual group photo for the winner's team, the UAE Emirates, the stage begins.
Low pace in the initial part, the pace rises as soon as we arrive in the final circuit in Paris. The first attacks are not successful, then a quartet made up of Van Avermaet, Perichon, Schachmann and Swift manages to gain a margin of 20 "on their pursuers.
Not enough, the sprinter teams get to work and the fugitives are caught in four kilometers from the finish, in a masterpiece sprint by Sam Bennett beating Pedersen, Sagan, Kristoff and Viviani. Pogacar takes on the yellow jersey, white jersey and polka dot jersey, on the podium together with compatriot Roglic and Australian Porte.