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by Shane Stokes
March 15, 2018
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Already handed a five year suspension from competition last month, French amateur Cyril Fontaine has been given further punishment for his use of a hidden motor in a race on October 1. The sporting sanction applied in mid-January has now been joined by a judicial penalty, thanks to French laws against sporting fraud.
The rider, 43 year old Cyril Fontaine, has been sentenced to 60 hours of community service, a symbolic one euro fine and must also pay 88 euro to the Créon-d’Armagnac club. It was the organiser of the race where he used the bicycle with the hidden motor.
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. His 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. After the rider punctured out of the race and then drove off in his car, Bassons gave pursuit and, together with judicial officers from Périgueux, found the hidden motor.
“There was sanction, the fault is recognized,” said Bassons. “Today, it is shown that cheating during a race can lead to a conviction for fraud.”
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