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by Mark Zalewski
January 31, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France; French anti-doping expert says he was told a dozen riders used motors during the 2015 Tour de France; Loren Rowney announces her retirement and the beginning of a new chapter; Doctor and courier at centre of Team Sky mystery package scandal called to testify; Pauwels accepts van Aert’s apology but will not forget dispute; Mathieu van der Poel: ‘This is the biggest disappointment of my career’; Van Aert’s World Championship tire choice causes debate; RCS Sport shoots down extra Giro d’Italia wildcard proposal; UAE Abu Dhabi signs Moroccan champion Anass Ait el Abdia; Memorial ride held for cyclist killed in hit-and-run, suspect in custody; Nash and Zahner elected to UCI Athletes’ Commission for cyclocross; Photographer apologises to McLay for finish crash; Rider holds onto side of bridge after crash; Kangaroo surprises cyclists.
Although the CBS 60 Minutes programme which aired on Sunday night fell short of providing the sort of proof needed to show that certain riders and teams had using hidden motors in the Tour de France, one of the most notable aspects was an interview with a highly-experienced French anti-doping official.
Jean-Pierre Verdy investigated doping at the Tour de France for two decades in his role as the former testing director for the French Anti-Doping Agency. He spoke to 60 Minutes and said he was sure that the hidden devices had been used.
“Yes, of course [they have],” he stated. “It’s been the last three to four years when I was told about the use of the motors. And in 2014, they told me there are motors. And they told me, there’s a problem. By 2015, everyone was complaining and I said, something’s got to be done.”
Verdy highlighted concerns with the speed at which some riders were climbing. He told 60 Minutes that he has relied for many years on tip offs from within the pro peloton, both from team managers and riders.
He said that those sources had said to him that about 12 riders used such motors during the 2015 Tour de France.
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