Italian police carried out a search at the RadioShack team hotel in Falcade on the Giro d’Italia rest day Monday, a day after Tyler Hamilton, on the CBS show “60 Minutes,” accused former teammate Lance Armstrong of participating in a sophisticated doping program, according to The Associated Press.
Officers of Italy’s elite NAS police unit conducted the search, Giro director Angelo Zomegnan told the AP. He had no other details, and police declined comment.
RadioShack team manager Viatcheslav Ekimov told the AP that he didn’t see the search and could not comment. Team director Johan Bruyneel left the Giro on Sunday, he added.
It was unclear if the search was related to the investigation into Michele Ferrari, a banned Italian physician who was once Armstrong’s training adviser.
Last November, Italian authorities raided the Brescia home of RadioShack rider Yaroslav Popovych and since have been going through his phone and computer, seeking information related to Ferrari.
Popovych had recently returned from a trip to the United States to participate in the annual Ride for the Roses fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. While in Austin, however, he was served with a subpoena and subsequently made a 90-minute appearance before the U.S. grand jury convened to investigate widespread allegations of doping on the U.S. Postal, Discovery Channel, Astana and RadioShack teams of Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner.
A former under-23 world road champion, Popovych joined the Discovery Channel team in 2005, serving as a top lieutenant for Armstrong’s final Tour de France win that year and Alberto Contador’s first, in 2007.
Popovych presently sits 65th at 1:27:24 behind Giro leader Contador. The best-placed RadioShack rider at the Giro is Tiago Machado in 24th at 30:59.