Bahrain Victorious respond after researchers reveal riders at ‘three-week race in France’ had muscle relaxant in their systems

While the research paper doesn’t name the team, riders or race, Bahrain were raided by police at the Tour de France

Bahrain Victorious at the Tour de France
Bahrain Victorious at the Tour de France
(Image credit: Getty)

Bahrain Victorious have released a statement responding to a research paper that claimed three unnamed riders were found to have a muscle relaxant in their system at major “three-week cyclist race in France.”  

Researchers from the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Strasbourg, France were asked by police to carry out drug tests on hair samples taken from seven riders during a race earlier this year, with the results revealing that three riders had the substance tizanidine in their system.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.