Police raid Luxembourg team's hotel at worlds

Updated: September 27, 2008, 9:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

VARESE, Italy -- Italian police raided the hotel of Luxembourg's cycling team, a prosecutor said on Saturday.

"We have opened a probe looking into every eventuality," Varese prosecutor Maurizio Grigo told reporters without adding if the raid had found anything.

The raid came after media reports linked Luxembourg rider Frank Schleck to Spain's Operation Puerto doping scandal on Friday. In response, Schleck told reporters his conscience was clear and he had done nothing wrong.

Saturday, cycling's governing body said Schleck would be allowed to race in Sunday's world championships despite the allegations. UCI president Pat McQuaid said there was no evidence against the Luxembourg rider, who held the overall lead of this summer's Tour de France for three days.

Schleck is due to compete in the men's road race at the world championships in the northern Italian town of Varese.

An employee at the hotel, who asked not to be named, told Reuters the raid had lasted from 8 p.m. local time on Friday to 4:30 a.m.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.