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Bassons: Nothing leads me to believe there haven’t been motors in pro racing

by Shane Stokes

Christophe Bassons was a pro rider known for his integrity: now he’s working to catch those cheating the rules.

In the wake of his confrontation with a 43-year-old amateur who used a hidden motor in domestic French races, former pro Christophe Bassons has spoken with Peloton magazine about the rider’s arrest and confession, plus the wider problem of technological fraud.

Here’s an excerpt:

PELOTON: Obviously the problem for the image of the sport is that some suspect that, if a Category 3 rider is capable of putting a motor in his bike, then it would be even easier for a professional organization with much greater means to do the same thing. What do you think? Do you think motors have been used in the pro ranks?

Bassons: Well, I don’t see any reason why they haven’t been. And maybe there still are isolated cases today. I don’t know. But one thing is certain: The technology is getting more and more sophisticated. Fontayne [the amateur rider] used one of the first models, but the motors are getting smaller and smaller with batteries that are lighter and lighter, et cetera. Nothing leads me to believe that there haven’t been motors. Everybody wants to win in bike racing and, in addition to that, there is the financial factor at the higher levels of the sport, which obviously facilitates matters. But the one thing that really helps us in the fight against this kind of doping is that a motor is simply much easier to detect. If we want to find motors in bikes we can!

PELOTON: Do you feel that the methods used today are sufficient for detecting motors? At almost all the races now I see UCI officials scanning bikes….

Bassons: Well, I don’t think that the scans are reliable enough with the new kinds of motors, but it still is not hard at all to see a motor in a bike. All you have to do is take out the seat post and shine a light down the seat tube. It’s that easy. It’s a bit more complicated with wheels, but it is possible. And that is the good news.

Click through to read the full interview on Peloton.

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