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by Caley Fretz
February 8, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Laurens De Plus blogs about getting hit by a truck in South Africa; UCI President David Lappartient is open to lifetime bans for motor use; Trek-Segafredo’s diver-inspired breathing techniques; Birthday boy Elia Viviani takes Dubai Tour’s second stage; CyclingTips Podcast: A two-year bike review and distracted riding rants; an in-depth review of Cannondale’s newest Synapse Hi-MOD; Trek adds new paint options to Project One custom program; Jesse Anthony breaks humerus in Dubai crash; Video: Aqua Blue introduces the new boys; Video: Larry Warbasse’s unique 3T race bike; Video: Skids and skills on a cyclocross bike
UCI President David Lappartient based a large part of his election campaign on the fight against the use of hidden motors, or technological fraud, pledging to introduce new methods to test for such devices.
Speaking to Ciclo21, the Frenchman has now said that he is open to the possibility of lifetime bans for anyone caught with a motor.
“I think so [that such a ban could be warranted],” he said. “If you are willing to do that, we do not need you in our sport.”
Questioned as to whether or not he considered such cheating as more serious than standard doping, he said that he didn’t rank one over the other. “They both are [a concern],” he answered. “Quite simply, we do not want the cyclist to cheat. We will continue fighting against both.
“I admit that it would be an absolute disaster if tomorrow we have a case in which the winner of the Tour de France is caught using an engine. It would mean that the riders have gone crazy: that they would no longer be using medical doping and would have gone over to the mechanic…”
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