Bike owner banned for six years after racing with a hidden motor

Cyclist banned for six years after racing with a hidden motor

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Knowledgeable bike owner has been banned for six years after it was found she was racing with a hidden electrical motor. Femke Van den Driessche was caught on the UCI Cyclo­cross World Championships in January, whereas her spare bike was within the pit space. The scan, which Street.cc studies was carried out with a pill, allowed officers to identify a battery and Vivax motor within the seat tube. Van den Driessche might have activated it utilizing a Bluetooth change hid underneath the tape on her handlebars. She denied the allegations on the time, claiming the bike was given to her by mistake.

“It was my pal’s and was equivalent to mine. This pal 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.”

The six-yr suspension runs from October eleven, 2015 to October tenth, 2021. The sooner begin date would recommend that the UCI is assured she was dishonest earlier within the season. In consequence, the Belgian has been stripped of all of the medals and prize-cash she has accrued since that date. Her identify and occasions shall be faraway from the related race rankings and she or he’ll not maintain the Beneath-23 European Champion title or Underneath-23 Belgian Champion title. As well as, she’ll have to pay a superb of 20,000 CHF (20,569 US dollars) and foot the invoice for the case proceedings.

Van den Driessche’s “mechanical doping” ban is the primary of its sort. The UCI says it scanned over one hundred bikes on the occasion and can proceed to “check closely” throughout all biking disciplines this yr. “We’ve got invested appreciable assets in creating this new and extremely efficient scanning know-how and in addition in strengthening the sanctions relevant to anybody discovered dishonest on this approach,” UCI President Brian Cookson stated.

Skilled biking has a tarnished status after widespread doping was found on the prime degree. Lance Armstrong’s spectacular fall from grace continues to be recent in individuals’s minds — instances corresponding to this one will, if something, solely sluggish individuals’s capability to belief the game’s athletes as soon as extra.

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