The Royal Dutch Cycling Union president, Joop Atsma, said Priem has been held too long. A judge is due to review the case today and could order the release of Priem, who must report daily to police.
Atsma, a Christian Democrat member of Dutch parliament, said there is support across parliament for action to relieve "Priem's hopeless-looking situation." Atsma suggested French authorities were holding Priem to protest at the Dutch government's liberal drugs policy.
The investigation began last March, when customs agents found 100 doses of EPO, which increases oxygen to the red blood cells, in a team car. That only came to light following the scandal involving the Festina team, who were expelled from the Tour after riders admitted taking performance enhancing drugs.Reuse content