Mechanical Doping Is A Real Thing Now – Motor Found In A Pro Cyclist’s Bike At World Championship – Architecture & Engineering
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Mechanical Doping Is A Real Thing Now – Motor Found In A Pro Cyclist’s Bike At World Championship


And it finally happened, the first technological fraud in cycling tournaments. A motor was installed inside the frame of a bike that was being used at cyclocross world championships in Zolder, Belgium. The cyclist Femke Van den Driessche is 19 years old and has denied the news by saying that she was not aware of this and the bike wasn’t even hers but of a friend’s. The bike she used had a similar motor assist feature as this biycle:

The cycling governing body, Union Cycliste International (UCI), confirmed the presence of a motor inside the 19-year old’s bike and said that it “believe[d] it was indeed technological doping.” The bike in question is an Italian make from the company Wilier Triestina and the company has stated that it will be suing Van den Driessche. UCI President, Brian Cookson said, “It’s absolutely clear that there was technological fraud — there was a concealed motor.”

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