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by Mark Zalewski
January 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Costa wins in mountains, Mollema moves into lead at Vuelta a San Juan; Gaviria doubles wins in Vuelta a San Juan, stage 4; Wellens makes it two for Lotto-Soudal at Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana; Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal; “I can’t get my head around it:” Cavendish says worlds result still hard to understand; Women’s cyclocross worlds: the highly anticipated finale to a stellar season; Trek CXC Cup elevated to World Cup status, will offer equal payout for men’s and women’s events; UCI releases 2017-18 cyclocross calendar, changes to World Cup; Vuillermoz out with back injury after car crash; Philadelphia Classic cancelled for 2017; Irvine’s racing return delayed due to UCI testing pool requirements; Cylance sponsors The Women’s Tour and The Tour of Britain; Drunk driver given 10 days in jail for killing cyclist; USA Cycling partners with Bike Law; Indoor velodrome planned for Detroit; Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race trailer; Video: Amateur was predicted to beat world champ at 2016 Trek CX Cup.
Speaking two days in advance of a 60 Minutes special on the use of technological fraud, or mechanical doping, in cycling, the inventor of the hidden motors has said such devices may have been in the pro peloton for almost 20 years. Istvan Varjas has told 60 Minutes that he designed a motor in 1998 and was offered nearly $2 million for a ten year exclusivity deal. Under that agreement, he agreed not to work on such motors, nor to sell them or speak of them.
He told 60 minutes that he believes the motors were used during that timeframe. The Hungarian inventor has absolved himself of any blame, saying that it is not his responsibility if pro riders used such a machine.
“If a grandfather came and buy a bike and after it’s go to…his grandson who is racing, it’s not my problem,” he said to 60 Minutes. And, when asked if he would sell such a machine to someone who said to him they were going to use it to cheat, he answered: “if the money is big, why not?”
60 Minutes quotes triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond, who has long spoken out against doping and, more recently, against such motors.
“This is curable. This is fixable. I don’t trust it until they figure out…how to– take the motor out. I won’t trust any victories of the Tour de France,” he stated.
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