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BMC wins TTT in Valencia, Sarreau victorious in Bessèges: Daily News Digest
Caught using a motor in a third category race on October 1, French amateur Cyril Fontaine has been handed a five year ban from the sport. According to Le Figaro, the 43 year old was notified of the sanction in mid-January, with that ban from being handed down by the disciplinary commission of the French Federation of cycling (FFC). It had met to discuss the matter on December 29th.
Fontaine had registered a miraculous series of results across several weeks last year, riding far above his former level and beating riders who were previously much better than him. That transformation came after he stopped using his expensive S Works machine and instead switched to a cheaper frame he claimed 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. Fontaine’s run came to an end 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. Despite the latter’s pedigree, he suffered to hold his pace.
Fontaine’s ride was scrutinised by officials during the event, including former French professional and current French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) employee Christophe Bassons. The rider reportedly noticed them watching him, then punctured out of the event with for laps remaining, returned to his car and drove off.
Bassons quickly went to his car and gave pursuit, motioning for Fontaine to pull over. The duo were joined by judicial officials from Périgueux. When the bike was examined, Bassons found a battery concealed in a bottle and a motor in the downtube.
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