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Matej Mohoric copied Lance Armstrong’s ‘zipped-lips’ gesture as he celebrated winning at the Tour

Matej Mohoric replicates Lance Armstrong’s notorious ‘zipped-lips’ gesture as he celebrates winning at the Tour de France simply days after a doping raid at his workforce lodge

  • Matej Mohoric copied Lance Armstrong’s ‘zipped mouth’ gesture on Friday
  • The Slovenian was referring to the police raid on his lodge over alleged doping
  • Team Bahrain Victorious supplied copies of data to police, with no arrests
  • Mohoric stated he ‘felt like a felony’ however insisted the workforce have ‘nothing to cover’ 

Matej Mohoric despatched a message about being subjected to a police search by replicating Lance Armstrong’s ‘zipped mouth’ gesture as he crossed the line to win stage 19 of the Tour de France on Friday. 

The Bahrain Victorious rider stated he was making particular reference to the raid at the workforce lodge earlier this week over allegations of doping.

It’s claimed as much as 50 cops descended on the lodge close to Pau, the place they remained till round 2am Thursday morning.

Matej Mohoric copied Lance Armstrong’s ‘zip mouth’ transfer after winning at the Tour de France

Police raided the Bahrain Victorious team hotel on Thursday following accusations of doping

Police raided the Bahrain Victorious workforce lodge on Thursday following accusations of doping

No arrests have been made, with the workforce confirming they supplied copies of their riders’ coaching information to police.

Mohoric’s ‘zipped mouth’ gesture echoed Armstrong’s motion to bitter rival Filippo Simeoni at stage 18 of the Tour in 2004. 

Simeoni had years earlier admitted to doping and testified in opposition to Dr Michele Ferrari – who additionally had a relationship with Armstrong – saying the physician gave him the performance-enhancing medicine. 

Armstrong took exception to Simeoni’s testimony, calling him a liar, which led Simeoni to sue the American for defamation. When they later met on the Tour, Armstrong confronted Simeoni and made the now-infamous gesture.  

Armstrong infamously made the gesture to bitter rival Filippo Simeoni on the Tour in 2004

Armstrong infamously made the gesture to bitter rival Filippo Simeoni on the Tour in 2004

Speaking on his personal use of the gesture after his victory, Mohoric stated: ‘I used to be pondering largely about what occurred two days in the past.

‘I felt like a felony with all the police at our lodge. From one standpoint it is a good factor – it means there are nonetheless controls in the peloton and they’re checking the groups.

‘Of course they did not discover something as a result of we’ve nothing to cover. But from one other standpoint it’s kind of disappointing as a result of it is not a pleasant factor when the police stroll into your room and examine all of your belongings. 

‘Even you probably have nothing to cover it feels a bit bizarre once they undergo your personal issues, images of your loved ones, your cellphone and your messages. 

Mohoric stated the police raid made him really feel ‘like a felony’ however that he had ‘nothing to cover’

‘At the finish of the day I’ve acquired nothing to cover and I do not care an excessive amount of about different folks checking my stuff, so it is OK in the finish I hope.’   

The 207km stage from Mourenx suited a dash on paper however it could be one other day for the escapees as Mohoric received his second stage of the Tour, and third for a Bahrain Victorious workforce whose lodge was searched by police on Wednesday night time as a part of an anti-doping investigation.

The Slovenian nationwide champion had been a part of a 20-man group who lastly managed to distance the peloton decisively inside the closing 100km, and he went solo with 26km nonetheless to go to take victory by nearly a minute from Christophe Laporte.

Mohoric’s win meant Mark Cavendish was made to attend for his probability to interrupt Eddy Merckx’s document of 34 Tour stage victories. 

Mark Cavendish (left) had to wait to break Eddy Merckx's (right) record of 34 Tour stage wins

Mark Cavendish (left) needed to wait to interrupt Eddy Merckx’s (proper) document of 34 Tour stage wins

The scene had been set for Cavendish to make historical past with the begin in Mourenx – the city the place Merckx took considered one of his most well-known wins after a 140km solo assault in the Pyrenees throughout the 1969 Tour, the first of the Belgian’s 5 general victories.

Merckx himself was readily available to embrace Cavendish in entrance of the velodrome that bears the 76-year-old’s identify, wishing the Manxman effectively in his pursuit of the document.

Early crashes slowed the formation of a significant breakaway, however with 15 of the 23 groups beginning the day with out a stage win and determined to make their mark, the battle continued till the mid-point of the day when the elastic lastly snapped.

The escapees started to assault each other inside the closing 45km, the battling raging for nearly 20km till Mohoric made the decisive transfer.

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