Quickstep bus seized by police.

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May 26, 2010
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red_flanders said:
Belgian beer. Sorry, truly apologize. Total pet peeve of mine. :)
of course, D'oh. Fixed now.:D

in my defence i am watching the highlights of the Giro Donne ;)
 
May 26, 2010
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
99/100 times this is the French police acting like total retards again and absolutely nothing is found.

Bunch of pumped up idiots = French police
pumped idiots, i think you mean the riders;)
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
99/100 times this is the French police acting like total retards again and absolutely nothing is found.

Bunch of pumped up idiots = French police
As to this point: does anyone here know what level of evidence/suspicion is required in France to board and search a vehicle, impound a vehicle, hold drivers and passengers for questioning, etc.???
 
Another team. Wow.
Lotto
BMC
QS
Saxo

At this rate, the only clean team left in the Tour will be RadioShack.

Lanark said:
Quick-Step spokesperson Allesandro Tegner confirms the news. 'The police have searched our bus and seized it. Our driver, team leader and Wilfried Peeters are at the police station. I don't know what the police is looking for', says Tegner.
Needles!

Sky's Bradley Wiggins has questioned the enforcement of the UCI's new no-needles policy, saying the team's medical staff are ‘adamant' other squads are continuing to inject recovery aids like vitamins and minerals.

And the UCI's Medical Officer, Dr Mario Zorzoli has admitted that the federation cannot perform spot checks and can only pursue an investigation if there is evidence from other anti-doping activities like police raids that a rider or team is flouting the rule.
 
Aug 3, 2009
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Lanark said:
Quick-Step-woordvoerder Alessandro Tegner bevestigd het nieuws. "De politie heeft onze bus doorzocht en meegenomen. Ook onze chauffeur en ploegleider Wilfried Peeters zijn op het politiebureau. Ik weet niet wat de politie zoekt", zegt Tegner.

Quick-Step spokesperson Allesandro Tegner confirms the news. 'The police have searched our bus and seized it. Our driver, team leader and Wilfried Peeters are at the police station. I don't know what the police is looking for', says Tegner.
No, Alessandro, but the police know EXACTLY what they are looking for...;)
 
May 26, 2010
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spalco said:
Meh, even if it's random, can't hurt to strike a little bit of fear into the teams.
bet Bruyneel is gonna be sweating this whole tour and looking over his shoulder:D
 
red_flanders said:
Belgian beer. Sorry, truly apologize. Total pet peeve of mine. :)
In an odd coincidence I am drinking a St. Bernardus Wit. Based on the impound I'm gonna guess my indicator lamp theory is out. Maybe it's farm diesel in the tank. That's it.
 
Jul 6, 2010
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
99/100 times this is the French police acting like total retards again and absolutely nothing is found.

Bunch of pumped up idiots = French police
Yeah... They've never come up with anything before...

Not everyone can care as little as the Dutch...
 
roundabout said:
Fear of what?
Fear of being investigated and possibly arrested by the police. Think about what David Millar has said about his experiences with the French police. Having to account for doping to the UCI or so is one thing, having to deal with the actual police and being treated like a criminal is a whole other thing. And I think it can't hurt to remind people of how dopers are handled in France.
 
spalco said:
Fear of being investigated and possibly arrested by the police. Think about what David Millar has said about his experiences with the French police. Having to account for doping to the UCI or so is one thing, having to deal with the actual police and being treated like a criminal is a whole other thing. And I think it can't hurt to remind people of how dopers are handled in France.
Yes, that's true. But the sport has come a long way since the raid in San Remo so I suspect that all the PEDs have already been imported and searching a team bus is just a minor inconvenience.
 
hrotha said:
Why would they need to be all sneaky if you didn't search their team buses and hotel rooms every now and then?
Fair point searches like these should be done. But a random (or not ;)) bus search is probably not something that is feared except for a bit of negative press as soon as the news breaks.
 
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We're getting the news one line at a time:

Volgens het Franse ministerie van Volksgezondheid gaat het om een vooronderzoek van het parket van Parijs.

According to the French ministry of Health it's a preliminary investigation of the prosecutor's office of Paris.



I don't know the technical legal terms, so I just made something up.
 
De Franse justitie is al de hele week op de wegen richting Vendée bezig met een grootscheepse zoekactie naar verboden stimulerende middelen. Morgen start in de Vendée, in Le Passage du Gois, de 98e editie van de Tour de France. Eerder deze week werden bij een tolkantoor op een snelweg honderd kilometer ten noorden van Nantes alle wagens van wielerploegen die deelnemen aan de Tour staande gehouden en door de Franse autoriteiten doorzocht.

The French Department of Justice has been forming a large scale search for performance inducing drugs, on the roads towards the Vendée the entire week. Tomorrow the 98th edition of the TDF will start, in le Passage du Gois, in the Vendée. Earlier this week, at a highway tollbooth 100 km's north of Nantes, all cars of participating cycling teams were pulled over and searched by French authorities.
 
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Well if any of you have ever seen a car or truck that was stopped at a USA border crossing to be inspected, they're going to rip that bus apart! I will doubt that bus will ever work as it did before, they never put them back together like they originally were, some stuff just won't go back the way it was, extra bolts and nuts are just left in a box.

Agh man, they aren't digging deep for loose change either, any sign of a dope dog sniffing around ;)
 
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Logic-is-your-friend said:
De Franse justitie is al de hele week op de wegen richting Vendée bezig met een grootscheepse zoekactie naar verboden stimulerende middelen. Morgen start in de Vendée, in Le Passage du Gois, de 98e editie van de Tour de France. Eerder deze week werden bij een tolkantoor op een snelweg honderd kilometer ten noorden van Nantes alle wagens van wielerploegen die deelnemen aan de Tour staande gehouden en door de Franse autoriteiten doorzocht.

The French Department of Justice has been forming a large scale search for performance inducing drugs, on the roads towards the Vendée the entire week. Tomorrow the 98th edition of the TDF will start, in le Passage du Gois, in the Vendée. Earlier this week, at a highway tollbooth 100 km's north of Nantes, all cars of participating cycling teams were pulled over and searched by French authorities.
Any idea how many were escorted to the Gendarmerie? Quickstep's the only I've heard of getting this 'special treatment'.
 
Feb 14, 2010
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ElChingon said:
Well if any of you have ever seen a car or truck that was stopped at a USA border crossing to be inspected, they're going to rip that bus apart!
When I read that they had taken it back to the station, my first image was Abby from NCIS tearing it down to parts looking for secret compartments. :eek:
 

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