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by Matt de Neef
October 2, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Dan McLay wins the Tour de l’Eurometropole; Luis Leon Sanchez solos to victory at the GP Bruno Beghelli; Giovanni Visconti takes solo win at the Giro dell’Emilia; Davide Rebellin wins the Tour de Banyuwangi Ijen … at 46; French amateur caught using a motor in Cat 3 race; Esteban Chaves to miss Lombardia defence after breaking shoulderblade; Simon Clarke re-signs with Slipstream Sports through 2020; Teams announced for Tour of Turkey, WorldTour status likely in jeopardy; Team Sky reveals 2016 budget of £31 million.
The French media is reporting that an amateur cyclist has been caught using a hidden motor in a Category 3 race in the country’s south-west department of Dordogne.
The man, who hasn’t been named, is said to have been of interest to the French anti-doping agency (AFLD) for some time. Suspicions only intensified last week after it was noted that “his ability to climb hills was striking.”
The man’s bike was reportedly checked by local gendarmes at the Grand Prix de Saint-Michel-de-Double over the weekend. State prosecutor for Périgueux, Jean-François Mailhes, said: “We were advised by a representative of the AFLD of suspicions of [technological] fraud using an electronic system, in other words a little motor.”
“This wasn’t an overnight operation,” said the president of the French cycling federation (FFC), Michel Callot. “My fear is that we’ll find a lot of this kind of cheating in the amateur ranks because the technology is becoming accessible and we don’t have the same means of detection as in professional cycling.”
This isn’t the first case of a rider being caught for using a motor in a race. An Italian amateur was found out in July of this year, and Belgian CX racer Femke van den Driessche was caught with a motor in a bike at the 2016 CX World Championships.
Follow the link to read more at Le Telegramme.