Police search RadioShack hotel at Giro

May 23, 2011 - 1:57 PM
Italy Giro Cycling

Spain's Alberto Contador celebrates on the podium following the 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Conegliano to Gardeccia Val di Fassa, Sunday, May 22, 2011. Alberto Contador extended his already commanding lead while fellow Spaniard Mikel Nieve Ituralde won the grueling 15th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Sunday. A member of an early breakaway, Nieve clocked 7 hours, 27 minutes, 14 seconds over the five major climbs lining the 229-kilometer (142-mile) route from Conegliano to Gardeccia Val di Fassa. (AP Photo/Daniele badolato, Lapresse) ITALY OUT

FALCADE, Italy (AP) — Giro d'Italia director Angelo Zomegnan says police carried out a search at the RadioShack team hotel on Monday.

Zomegnan told The Associated Press the search was conducted by officers of Italy's elite NAS police unit during Monday's rest day. He had no other details.

It was unclear if the search was related to the ongoing investigation into Michele Ferrari, a banned Italian physician who was once Lance Armstrong's training adviser.

RadioShack team physician Nino Danieli told the Cycling News website that police questioned him and searched the team vehicles but found nothing.

Reached by the AP at the team hotel in Falcade in northeastern Italy, RadioShack team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov said he didn't see what went on.

"By the time I came I (found) everyone healthy and without problems, so I guess nothing happened," Ekimov said. "I cannot comment on things that I didn't see."

Police refused to comment.

Italian authorities raided the home of RadioShack rider Yaroslav Popovych in November and have been going through his phone and computer for information related to Ferrari.

The RadioShack team has the same management in place as when Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times under U.S. Postal and Discovery Channel sponsorship. Armstrong rode for RadioShack until he retired earlier this year.

RadioShack team director Johan Bruyneel left the Giro on Sunday, Ekimov said.

Popovych, a Ukrainian, was 65th overall in the Giro. The highest-placed RadioShack rider is Tiago Machado of Portugal in 24th, 30 minutes, 59 seconds behind race leader Alberto Contador.

The race resumes Tuesday with a 7.9-mile mountain time trial.

The three-week race ends Sunday in Milan.