Monday, February 1, 2016
Belgian cyclist Caught using a hidden motor in competition
This is worst than Lance Armstrong's steroid issue. Cycling authorities caught 19-year-old Belgian cyclist Femke Van den Driessche using a bike with a concealed motor in the frame. The race she was competing in is the Cyclocross World Championships in Zolder, Belgium.
Last Sunday, Union Cycliste International confirmed the bike is loaded with a motor:
Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) confirms that pursuant to the UCI's Regulations on technological fraud a bike has been detained for further investigation following checks at the Women's Under 23 race of the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. This does not concern any of the riders on the podium. Further details will be shared in due course.
It was also reported by AP that Italian bike manufacturer Wilier Triestina said they will sue Van den Driessche.
This is the first official case of "mechanical doping" or "bike doping" at a major cycling race event.
That tiny motor can be a big boost to the cyclist if it used in a strategic way.
Van den Driessche has denied that is was her bike, she said it was identical to her own but belonged to a friend and that a team mechanic had given it to her by mistake before the race