Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 12, 2016

Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five; Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage; Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26; Teams selected for 27th Giro Rosa; Dutch Giro d’Italia start heralded as ‘best ever’; 2018 Giro starting in Japan?; Hamburg Cyclassics in dire need of sponsorship; Froome behind mysterious ‘Luke Skywalker’ Strava account?; World Naked Bike Ride returns to the UK; Twilight at the velodrome; Waiting for the podium

Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage

by CyclingTips

Several weeks after Belgian cyclocross rider Femke Van den Driessche was given a six-year ban for ‘mechanical doping’, UCI president Brian Cookson has indicated that members of the rider’s entourage might also receive sanctions.

Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the head of cycling’s governing body said he finds it unlikely Van den Driessche was solely responsible for the illegally modified bike.

“I do not think it all stops here for her entourage,” says Cookson. “Let me put it this way: I can’t imagine that this young lady has done this all on her own.

“If it turns out that other people were involved in the fraud, there could be consequences for them too. If necessary, we will refer them to the Belgian Cycling Federation.”

Installing a concealed motor in a cyclocross bike is a non-trivial task and one that, in all likelihood, requires an experienced mechanic.

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