The two people investigated for doping who commit Nairo Quintana

The two people investigated for doping who commit Nairo Quintana

The arrest of two trusted people in a doping investigation puts the spotlight on the Colombian runner. Meanwhile, his team stands out and leaves him alone when in doubt.

The two people investigated for doping who commit Nairo Quintana

So far, Nairo Quintana has not tested positive for any prohibited substance, nor is there any other type of evidence -which is known- that he has engaged in doping practices and no formal accusation falls on him, nor by the French authorities, neither by those of international cycling, nor by any anti-doping agency.

Having made these timely preliminary clarifications, it is now time to explain that the Colombian cyclist is at the epicenter of an investigation by the French Prosecutor's Office that is shaking the days after the Tour de France . An operation that started with the search of several of the rooms of the Arkéa-Samsic team , to which the Colombian belongs, last Wednesday, still during the Tour dispute, and that lasted on Monday with the arrest of two people by the French authorities.

Dominique Laurens , the Marseille prosecutor in charge of the case, explained to the agency France Presse that during the searches they had found ” numerous health products among the drugs and, above all, a method that can be classified as doping.” The Reuters agency also reported that investigators had found “saline solution” and “material for injections.”

Although he did not mention any cyclist, not even the affected team, Arkéa himself confirmed to French media that the rooms registered were those of Nairo Quintana , his brother Dayer and Winner Anacona, all of them Colombian Arkéa runners who were contesting the Tour. Why did the French Police carry out this operation? What clues or information did they have to proceed with those records in the middle of the Tour? It is something that so far is unknown. The two Quintana brothers, in addition to seeing their rooms registered during the Tour, also came this Monday to give a statement to the French judicial authorities

The two people arrested are two assistants of the trust of the winner of the Giro y Vuelta, two people – his Colombian doctor and his Spanish masseur, according to L'Équipe – who have accompanied him throughout his career and who have continued to do so after leaving. Movistar and sign for Arkéa this year. A common practice in top-level cyclists, who often demand to keep their trusted team when they sign for a new team. In fact, his brother Dayer and Anacona also ended up in the Arkéa at Nairo's express wish. According to the French team, the two detainees are not on the team's payroll.

Arkéa leaves you alone

For the moment, the three cyclists allegedly involved in this case are silent, although the Arkéa-Samsic is not, which through a statement from its general manager, Emmanuel Hubert , has completely dissociated itself from a matter that, they say, involves only « to a small number of runners and their close surroundings ', not salaried, of the Breton squad. And they emphasize that they are not aware of the ongoing investigation since neither the team nor its staff are prosecuted. In other words, this is not the Arkéa case, but in any case the Quintana-Anacona case.

The Arkéa, in short, washes its hands and unloads on Nairo and his trusted persons the possible consequences that the ongoing investigation may have, the origin of which remains unknown. The team expresses its support for the runners, but makes it clear that it will cut ties with them if it is shown that they have resorted to prohibited practices. And he does it with a forcefulness and asepsis that are surprising because they are unusual in the world of cycling, at least while there is no confirmed positive for doping.

The first consequence is that none of the three runners affected by this case will be part of the Colombian team at the Imola World Cup that takes place this week. Nairo had resigned due to the fall he suffered during the Tour and that prevented him from remaining among the best during the alpine stages, while Arkéa informed the Colombian federation that Dayer and Anacona will attend.

Meanwhile, the Tour in particular and professional cycling in general fear that the case will gain volume and stain a sport too hard hit by doping, just in a year in which the pandemic has driven away sponsors and left economies. teams shaking.

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