Police find bottles, syringes near tour hotel
Posted: Wednesday September 02, 1998 05:41 PM
GRENOBLE, France (CNN/SI) -- French police revealed Wednesday that bottles and bloody syringes which had been found near a hotel in Voreppe were being analyzed.
The GAN, Casino, Saeco and Kelme teams stayed at the hotel on July 25 and 26 during the Tour de France.
A person was seen dumping a bag in a field just over 100 meters from the hotel were staying as the tour passed through the southeastern region, police said. They did not say when the bag was found.
French police are currently carrying out a widespread probe into the tour which was marred by a series of revelations about the use by cyclists of performance-enhancing drugs.
Casino's Italian cyclist, Rodolfo Massi, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of supplying banned substances to other riders.
Six teams withdrew from the race and one, Festina, was kicked out after the team director said there was an organized doping ring at work in the team.
Reuters contributed to this report.