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Tirreno-Adriatico: Carabinieri raid riders hotel rooms
By Fabio
Date: 3/17/2002
Tirreno-Adriatico: Carabinieri raid riders hotel rooms

Nothing comparable to what we saw in the famous San Remo raids of last year's Giro, but nonetheless seems that the anti-drug Carabinieri, the NAS, did it again. On Sunday morning at 7AM they went to the "la Lucciola" Hotel in rieti (where Stage 4 of the "Two Seas Race", a 12-km. ITT, both starts and finishes today) raided the hotel rooms of 7 riders currently participating in the "Two Seas Race": Italians Davide Rebellin, Fabio Sacchi, Endrio Leoni, Davide Casarotto, Gianni Faresin, and Stefano Casagranda and Slovenia's Gorazd Stangelj.

Also the Guardia di Finanza" (Customs Officers) took part in the raids, whose results are not known yet, although it seems that no banned performance-enhancing substance has been found. According to press reports, seems that Carabinieri and Custom Officers searched the suitcases of Rebellin and Faresin, "had a look" at Faresin's personal notebook and laptop. As for Gerolsteiner's Rebellin, the NAS seized him an anti-allergy spray regularly prescribed by doctors and used againt asthma by the rider. The Carabinieri gave it back to the man soon later, anyway.

These raids are part of the investigations carried out not by the "usual" Florence magistrates (headed by Luigi Bocciolini), but by Padua prosecutor Paola Camaran, the same one who ordered raids on the Liquigas team last year, simultaneous to the Giro raids in San Remo. And several (now former) Liquigas riders were among the ones "targeted" by today's raids.

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