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by Shane Stokes
November 14, 2017
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Responding to a stated opinion in Phil Gaimon’s Draft Animals book that he believes Fabian Cancellara may have used a hidden motor during his career, the Swiss rider’s lawyers have pushed back. According to Het Nieuswsblad, his lawyers have demanded the book’s sales are immediately halted.
They have contacted the publishers of the book and ordered them to cease selling it. “In addition, we also want Gaimon to publicly apologize,” says Cancellara’s manager Armin Meier.
Writing in Draft Animals, Gaimon discussed Cancellara’s dominant victories in the 2010 Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. “I dismissed it until I heard his former teammates talk about certain events where Cancellara had his own mechanic, his bike was kept separate from everyone else’s, and he rode away from a ‘who’s who’ of dopers,” he said.
“When you watch the footage, his accelerations don’t look natural at all, like he’s having trouble staying on the top of the pedals. That fucker probably did have a motor.”
Gaimon has downplayed the passage. “No one who actually looked at the book would consider what I said an accusation, and this is all a ridiculous waste of time,” he told CyclingTips on Monday in response to the demands of Cancellara’s lawyers.
Gaimon is far from the first person to question the victories. Cancellara has dismissed the claims several times in the past.
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