Second Edition News for July 24, 1998

The drugs scandal update

At 21.30 European time, it has been announced that a French 2 TV crew has found needles with the remains of banned substances in the hotel room of the Asics team while riding in the Tour de France. They say that the syringes had initials of the riders in the team.

Cees Priem is now being detained overnight.

The Festina riders who were questioned in Lyon have been held in police custody for further questioning. Under French law they can be detained for 48 hours with formal charges being laid.

French police have said that they will question Casino and Rabobank later today after further allegations have arisen among the Tour peloton.