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by Shane Stokes
January 19, 2018
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Shortly after his election UCI President David Lappartient said that details of the ramped-up tests for hidden motors would come in December, with that date then shifting to January. There has been another change, with the details of additional measures now due to be announced in late March.
CyclingTips understands however that various methods of detection will be used at the cyclocross world championships in Valkenburg-Limburg at the end of this month. The first detection of such motors was made at the 2016 championships, when the Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche was caught with a device in her spare bike.
Speaking this week to Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Lappartient said he was open-minded about the possibility of such cheating. “I do hope that hidden motors are not used today in cycling,” he said. “But I have heard many stories, and some behaviours seem strange. Should there be a case, that would be a disaster for our sport.”
Asked about claims that Fabian Cancellara may have used such a motor in the past, Lappartient said that it was important to be cautious about accusations. “We have seen these videos many times. But we have no evidence, so I’m wary of statements,” he said. “Everything else would be devastating to the rider’s image. Not related to this case, but in general I say: If you have done something wrong, one will catch up with you one day. It does not matter if it’s five, ten or twenty years later.”
He said that improving tests was a priority. “We have to make sure that scammers have no chance. I have long expressed concerns about the tests. They are good but not enough to exclude electronic or magnetic manipulation of bicycles.”
Click through to read the full interview at Neue Zurcher Zeitung.