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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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Former French professional and current French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) employee Christophe Bassons has unveiled the bike seized from a French amateur rider on Sunday. The rider, a 43-year-old man named only as Cyril F. by French media, had a miraculous series of results in recent weeks, riding far above his former level and beating riders who were previously much better than him.
The transformation in his riding ability came after he stopped using his expensive S Works machine and instead switched to a cheaper frame he said his friends bought on the internet for 1500 euro. His performances soared, including a strong ride in the first category Grand Prix des Eyzies event.
According to France 3, he was competing on Sunday in a third category event held in Saint-Michel de Double, about fifty kilometres south-west of Périgueux. He had spent much of the race in a break with Mathys Fédrigo, nephew of former pro Pierrick Fédrigo, who suffered to hold his pace. Cyril F. reportedly noticed officials – including Bassons – watching him before he punctured out of the event with four laps remaining. He then returned to his car and drove off.
Bassons gave chase in his own car and motioned for the rider to pull over. Judicial officials from Périgueux also joined them. Bassons then examined the bike and found a battery concealed in a bottle and a motor in the downtube.
In the France3 video above, he speaks about the device in French. The images show what was seized. Bassons states that the motor requires frame tubes of a very specific dimension, thus explaining why the rider concerned changed his bike from his previous model.
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