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French magistrates investigating motors; Dumoulin for Giro: Daily News Digest
New UCI President David Lappartient has repeatedly pledged to make the fight against hidden motors a priority. Now, according to Le Canard Enchaîné, magistrates in France are doing the same. The French newspaper has reported that financial magistrates Claire Thépaut and Serge Tournaire are digging into the matter, with the probe in question being launched last summer.
Their investigation is looking into a possible high-level scheme which the newspaper suggests has ‘benefited notable riders, permitting them to take advantage of the latest technological advances in the field of electric motors.’
It alleges that ‘a corrupt deal was signed at the highest level of international cycling that benefited prominent riders,’ adding that the UCI’s standard tablet checks were ineffective to detect the devices in question. It also suggests that the two judges are studying ‘links between international teams, private companies and cycling’s top authorities.’
If confirmed to be the case, the conspiracy would be a massive scandal as it would suggest deliberate collusion to ensure that certain riders or teams were successful. Thépaut and Tournaire are, according to reports, being supported by the financial crimes division of the French police force.
Lappartient won the UCI election in September, defeating the previous president, the Briton Brian Cookson. He has said that he will unveil new measures to ramp up the search for hidden motors in early 2018. He previously suggested that these measures could include the use of thermal imaging cameras and x-rays.
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