Bahrain Victorious riders and staff have been searched by police for the second time in a week as the team prepares for the Tour de France.

Copenhagen police confirmed they searched the team’s hotel rooms and cars on Thursday, with the race beginning in the Danish city on Friday.

They previously had rooms searched after doping allegations during last year’s Tour, which they deny.

Team members’ homes were also searched on Monday.

Following the second search, a team statement said it “fully cooperated with officers’ requests”, adding: “No items were seized.”

Chief superintendent Dannie Rise said the search was “based on a request from the French police, as part of an ongoing investigation in France”.

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