Brian Cookson, the president of the UCI, cycling's governing body, has revealed that investigators seized computers at the federation's headquarters in Aigle, Switzerland immediately after news broke of his election win last month.
Following what was, at times, a bitter election campaign, Cookson beat incumbent Pat McQuaid by 24 votes to 18 at the UCI Congress in Florence, Italy on September 27.
The former head of British Cycling told the Financial Times newspaper that as soon as the election ended, corporate investigators from Kroll were in the UCI's office.
He said: "They had to secure the computers. They took all the back-up tapes and all the IT stuff. They were available to make sure that nothing was destroyed that shouldn’t be destroyed."
Cookson said he didn't think there was "anything that serious, but we had to take the precaution."
Cookson has set in motion an independent investigation into the UCI's handling of the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and wanted to ensure that there was no possibility of any cover-up, for example by destroying documents or computer data.
There had also been allegations of unethical conduct and corruption against McQuaid and former UCI president Hein Verbruggen in a dossier compiled by Russian UCI management committee member Igor Makarov in June.
Both McQuaid and Verbruggen have denied any wrongdoing.
Meanwhile, the UCI has lost a battle in the Court of Arbitration after a long-running dispute over rules that neutralised points for riders returning from doping bans.
The case was pursued by Team Saxo Tinkoff owner Bjarne Riis, who was protesting at the UCI’s decision to not allow any of Alberto Contador’s points to be considered for two years after the end of his ban.
Riis argued that the rule was effectively an extra punishment for riders.
The effect of the points ban was that his team was left outside the top 15 ranked teams last year, and had a battle to secure a place in the 2013 WorldTour.
In recent years, the UCI has used a team points ranking in determining which squads can be considered for WorldTour status. The points regulation was intended to act as a deterrent for the top teams not to sign banned riders after they returned.