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by Matt de Neef
November 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jai Hindley takes overall honours at the Tour of Fuzhou; Van Aert and Van Looy win at Superprestige Gavere; Brown, Champtaloup win at the Tour of Margaret River; Gianni Moscon breaks wrist in gym accident; Dirt roads return to Gent-Wevelgem in 2018; Dani Moreno to join EF Education First-Drapac; Former mechanic defends Cancellara against motor doping claims; 60-year-old cops doping ban, blames wife for spiking drink; Luke Rowe’s road to recovery; Highlights from the Urban Cycling World Championships.
Following the suggestion in former pro Phil Gaimon’s book that Fabian Cancellara “probably did have a motor”, a former Saxo Bank mechanic has defended the Swiss powerhouse.
Rune Kristensen, who currently works for Quick-Step Floors, worked on Cancellara’s bike in 2010, the year that many suspect Cancellara used a motor in the Spring Classics.
“I simply do not think it’s possible to cheat on an electric motor without being discovered,” Kristensen told ekstrabladet.dk. “In 2010, I was a mechanic at the two races [Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix] with Cancellara’s permanent mechanic, Roger Theel, and we jointly assembled all the team’s bikes for Spring Classics,” he said.
“Had there been an engine stored in a bike, I would have discovered it. It would not be possible to avoid it. Fabian’s bikes were handled like all other bikes, so it’s impossible that something could be hidden in it.”
New UCI president David Lappartient, meanwhile, has pledged to investigate: “We will investigate because we need to know exactly what is behind this,” Lappartient told Cyclingnews. “Of course, I heard all the rumours, like everybody, and I just want to know exactly. So we will investigate, that is our job.”
Follow the link to read more at Ekstra Bladet.