Biking officers discover motor hidden inside competitors bike

Cycling officials find motor hidden inside competition bike

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“Doped bikes” that use hidden motors to provide riders a lift have lengthy been suspected however by no means seen. Nevertheless, officers accused 19-yr-previous Belgian star Femke Van den Driesshe (above) of “technological fraud” on the cyclocross World Championships on Saturday. “It was no secret that a motor was discovered. We consider that it was certainly technological doping,” stated Brian Cookson, the president of the Union Cycliste Worldwide (UCI). He added that “we have been [testing] new strategies of detection however you will perceive why I do not need to go into particulars.”

In response to stories, these strategies contain scanning for radio frequencies that match electrical motors, however the UCI additionally began doing random bike checks a serious occasions final yr. Van den Dreissche reportedly got here beneath suspicion after her bike developed mechanical issues, and a rumor shortly unfold that there was one thing fallacious with it. UCI officers confirmed the information on Sunday, with Cookson tweeting that “technological fraud is unacceptable. We would like the minority who might contemplate dishonest to know that, more and more. There isn’t any place to cover, and ultimately they may pay for the injury they’re inflicting to our sport.”

Technological fraud is unacceptable. We would like the minority who might contemplate dishonest to know that, more and more half pic.twitter.com/kxz3Phct7P

— Brian Cookson OBE (@BrianCooksonUCI) January 31, 2016

In response to Belgian press, the bike had electrical cables within the seat publish and a motor hidden within the backside bracket, however no footage of the offending system have been posted but. Van den Driessche denied that she was a cheater, and advised Belgian TV station Sporza that the bike belonged to a pal. “It wasn’t my bike, it was my pal’s and was similar to mine. This good friend went across the course Saturday earlier than dropping off the bike within the truck. A mechanic, considering it was my bike, cleaned it and ready it for my race.”

In response to the UCI, Van den Driessche might be punished by a six month suspension and a superb of as much as 200,000 Swiss francs ($196,000) if discovered responsible. The biking physique promised a radical investigation, but when the allegations are confirmed, van den Driessche will turn out to be the game’s first mechanical doper.