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Doping at the Tour de France: Quintana has "nothing to hide"


Nairo Quintana first commented on the doping rumors surrounding his team Arkéa-Samsic. The Colombian pretends to be innocent of having been "always a clean driver".

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Nairo Quintana



The Colombian professional cyclist Nairo Quintana has denied all doping allegations.

His team Arkéa-Samsic had already been searched during the Tour de France, and two arrests were made public after the tour ended.

Quintana assured him that he was a “clean” driver, explaining that “no doping substance was ever found”.

"I have nothing to hide and I never had anything to hide," emphasized Quintana: "I've always been a clean driver in my entire life as an athlete."

The public prosecutor's office in Marseille has started investigations.

According to French media reports, among others, Dayer Quintana - like his brother Nairo in the service of the French team - is the focus of the investigation.

"The authorities entered my room and confiscated completely legal vitamin supplements because they may not have been known to the French authorities," Quintana said in a statement.

According to "Le Parisien", the two people in custody are a team doctor and a physiotherapist.

With both "many health products and drugs have been found".

Arkéa-Samsic had not won a stage in the tour, and the team came last in the prize money ranking.

Nairo Quintana, Giro winner 2014 and Vuelta winner 2016, finished 17th in the overall ranking.

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Source: spiegel

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