• Derek Maher

    I am still find this it hard to take this hidden motor business seriously. I unused off road bike found and mass panic hits the UCI. I can think of several ways they could invest time and money in sport development rather than throwing cash away in wild goose chase.

    • Sean Doyle

      I can assure you they are going on more than one confirmed case of motors in bikes. If it was just one found they wouldn’t bother. It will be the amount of information that have at hand that will persuade them to continue.

      • rosscado

        What other confirmed cases? There haven’t been any. If the UCI has more information it should disclose it, otherwise their attention to this issue would appear to be an overreaction.

        At any rate the planned program of testing for the TdF demonstrates why mechanical doping is a far more tractable problem than pharmaceutical doping. Because it’s relatively easy to implement enough testing to completely prevent the use of motors, something that cannot be said of drug use.

        • Sean Doyle

          On more info than having just one one confirmed case. They are not going to release all of what they know as that would compromise and hamper their ability to catch the cheats out. Same as anyone doing an investigation why would you give the cheats a heads up to where they are looking to satisfies the social media critics.

          The reality is it’s obviously easier to implement a testing regime that gives black and white results. Let them investigate, plan and implement that and then see if it works. To ridicule them at this stage for daring to actually investigate in the first place as Derek has done is ridiculous.

          • Dave


            I’m generally a major critic of the UCI’s poor influence on the sport, but I have to recognise that their response to the moto-doping issue has been competent and well measured.

            They have successfully managed to create an attitude among the riders that this sort of cheating is not on (Femke Van den Driessche was picked up on the basis of a tipoff) and also rolled out a reliable detection technology which can not, unlike thermal cameras, be easily defeated by a couple of sheets of foil.

            The only thing I can find against them was the over-detailed press release a couple of weeks ago where this issue was thrown out there in an attempt to draw attention away from their bungling of the disc brake fiasco.

  • ebbe

    “I don’t need a lock on my windows to keep thieves out… I already have a lock on my front and back door!”

  • gregg boyer

    Yikes, the French police may have entered the fray . Recall the decades of needles, and the seemingly blinded eyes from the organisers . Then there was the Festina affair . The cops cracked it wide open . The court of public angst and the law, held the UCIs’ feet to the fire, the top blew off the unacceptable anti doping program in use . Has the French legislature become interested in this ? Are they going to add the teeth to the UCI rules ?

  • Steve S

    I can’t believe these things are so hard to find… I mean, it’s a frigging motor attached the the bike! It’s not a drug that the body flushes away. Sure, use the UCI’s dodgy tablet app to find them, but also use thermal cameras, shove cameras into the frame before / after the race if there’s any suspicion, and if there’s still any doubt just confiscate the kit until detection technology catches up. RFID the bikes if you’re worried about in-race switching, but either way add so many layers of security that the cheats can’t function.


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