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by Shane Stokes
October 4, 2017
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The French amateur caught using a hidden motor in an event in Saint-Michel de Double on Sunday has spoken about his use of the device, admitting so-called mechanical doping but trying to justify its use.
“I suffered a herniated disc in March and couldn’t ride my bike for three months,” 43-year-old Cyril Fontayne told France Bleu Périgord radio station. “I tried to get back into racing but I struggled because of sciatica. I did it so that I wouldn’t struggle so much towards the end of races. I didn’t want to be the champion of Dordogne or win a lot of races. I just did it to feel good again.”
However it is unclear if his competitors will see things the same way: in recent weeks he has taken a number of strong results, reportedly performing at a far higher level than before.
“I’ve not sold drugs or killed a child. I’ve simply placed a motor in a bike,” he continued. “I will be made an example of, but that’s to cycling’s benefit as I’m not the only one to do this.”
According to the public prosecutor of Périgueux, Jean-François Mailhes, he said that he wanted to “compete on an equal footing” with riders who were using “various methods of doping.”
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