Tour de France team raided by the police on the eve of the start in Copenhagen

Danish Police have raided Bahrain Victorious' hotel on the evening of the Grand Depart in Copenhagen on Thursday morning.

It was the second search of the team’s riders and staff this week after an investigation against the team was launched at last year's Tour de France. Bahrain Victorious refused to answer any questions about the raid at their press conference a couple of hours later.

However, the team released a statement: “Following the police search into some staff and riders’ homes on Monday, the Team Bahrain Victorious hotel was searched by Danish police at the request of the French prosecutors this morning [Thursday] at 5:30 am.

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“The officers searched all team vehicles, staff and riders’ rooms. The team fully cooperated with all the officers’ requests, and the search was completed within two hours. No items were seized from the team."

Groupama-FDJ are staying in the same hotel as Bahrain Victorious, and their star rider Stefan Kung fumed to CyclingNews.com: It gives an image that we are all cheaters, and that’s not very nice.

“I just hope that if there is something, that they are prosecuted. But I also hope that if there is nothing there is a public apology."

After the initial investigation was launched last summer – Bahrain Victorious' star rider Matej Mohoric romped to an impressive stage victory.

However, the Slovenian then celebrated by zipping his lips and making a 'shush' gesture. The zipping motion was infamously used by Lance Armstrong who chased an Italian rider after he claimed the American was doping a decade before Armstrong admitted to cheating.

However, Mohoric said: “It was just a sign to show to people that question our performance to be mindful that we are making huge sacrifices with our work, with our nutrition, with our training plans, with our race plans, with all the time we spend away from home in training camps."

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