When news broke that Italian police had searched the Radio Shack hotel rooms on the Giro d’Italia rest day, many people got a mistaken impression.
They assumed that police were looking for performance enhancing drugs, syringes, blood bags, maybe even the Dr. Michele Ferrari — the inventor of the EPO orange juice chaser — hiding in a closet.
Not the situation at all. Team manager Johan Bruyneel had called the police in himself to help locate some items the team had somehow misplaced.
After a quick and professional search by the Italian authorities, things were back on track. They successfully found Tiago Machado’s missing sock, Bruyneel’s phone charger, the keys to the Shack van, a ball gag that nobody is claiming, Philip Deignan‘s hair gel and a book of poems by Edgar Allen Poe.
Then there was a missing white lunch sack which police spend several hours attempting to recover. Thank goodness, it was found up on the closet shelf behind the extra blankets. It’s a terrible thing to loss your lunch on the rest day.
In addition, a quick peek in Yaroslav Popovych‘s suitcase turned up a hotel hair dryer, two sets of cutlery and a room service coffee pot. No charges were filed because the Ukrainian is already under enough investigations.
So, while the police search was a big help to the Radio Shack squad, nothing earth-shaking turned up. Certainly, nothing quite as exciting as the nine craziest things left in hotels — like the stuffed crocodile and the artificial limbs — but still, they were happy to help out.