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  • Hardly believe anyone dare to use such tool.

    • Bonesx

      That’s always been the argument i.e “It could never happen because it would have to involve not just an individual rider, but also the team, (and maybe even the manufacturer), and that all adds up to too big a risk to reputation / sales etc etc….”

      However, up until a week ago, could the general public (conspiracy theorists aside) have possibly imagined that a major car manufacturer would go to the lengths that they did to cheat the system???

      I do shake my head more and more lately, but unfortunately nothing, it seems, is becoming beyond the realms of possibility.

  • Sean Doyle

    I hardly believe people inject shit into their bodies which could kill them yet they do it.

  • Daniel Storengen

    Maybe not a race winning tool per se, but more like “stage 12 is hard, use this motor, have an easy day and go for the win tomorrow” or even just to stay in contention for a decisive stage. Who checks the bike of the guy finishing in 30th place. Ever.

  • jgrosser

    With doping, there’s always a gray area, because the detection of doping is indirect. The rider can always argue that the tests are flawed or the samples were contaminated, or it was an “accident.” With so-called “mechanical doping,” there is no gray area. Plus, detecting a motor is a simple exercise – just pull the crankset to confirm no motor and then weigh the bike. Weight can then be used as a reference point, and each bike can be weighed at the end of every race. In USA junior racing, every bike is given a roll out test at the end of each race, so I see no reason why officials couldn’t weigh every bike at the end of every race. A rider caught with a motorized bike will have no way to obfuscate that fact, and would be ruined permanently.

  • ZigaK

    Another possibility of mechanical cheating would be weight. Ride the race with a bike 2kg lighter (I believe that’s quite possible) and attach the needed weight on the arrival with the help of soigneur.

  • Tim Voth

    Where do they carry the batteries?can’t see a dinky little motor like that could assist much, if at all.


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