In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Bassons chases down motor-doping amateur in France; British sprinter Dan McLay signs with EF Education First-Drapac for 2018; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 lineup with Tsgabu Grmay, Nicola Conci signings; Gaudry sacked as CEO of Hawthorn after five months on job; Brennauer leaves Canyon-SRAM for Wiggle High 5; Lotto-Soudal Ladies team announces six new additions to 2018 roster; Sarah Roy continues with Orica-Scott through 2019; Movistar women’s team announces roster of eight for 2018; Pawlowska breaks Boels-Dolman contract to join Team Virtu Cycling.
Bassons stops motor doper; Trek-Segafredo finalizes 2018 roster: Daily News Digest
Former pro Christophe Bassons personally chased down the French racer accused of using a motorized bike in an amateur event over the weekend.
Known during his career as “Mr. Clean” after standing up to Lance Armstrong at the 1999 Tour de France, Bassons now works in anti-doping in the Bordeaux region. French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Bassons had received information that the 43-year-old amateur racer, identified as Cyril, was suspected of using a hidden motor at several races over the summer.
— Tout Le Sport (@TLSfrance3tv) October 1, 2017
Bassons attended the race with the aim of confronting the rider, who spent the day in a breakaway with Mathys Fédrigo, nephew of former pro Pierrick Fédrigo. According to L’Équipe, Cyril noticed Bassons and other officials watching the race; when he punctured with four laps remaining, the rider returned to his car and drove off. Bassons got into his own car and pursued the suspect, who pulled over. The two men were joined by judicial officials from Périgueux.
“I asked him if I could try out his bike,’ Bassons told L’Équipe. “He was a bit surprised by that. I then lifted out the water-bottle [in which the battery was hidden] and noticed the electric wire.”
The suspect is set to be charged with sporting fraud.