Femke Van den Driessche

Hidden motors and professional cycling: A timeline

The alleged use of hidden motors, so-called mechanical doping, remains a hot topic in cycling. It was first claimed in 2010, was ridiculed by some but then proven to be a possibility when a rider was caught in the 2016 World Cyclocross Championships. Since then countless checks have been carried out but no rider has …

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Hidden motors: Kaptheijns officially named European champion in place of Van Driessche

It’s almost a year after the event but the rider who finished second in last year’s European cyclo-cross championships, Maud Kaptheijns, has now officially been confirmed as the winner. The Dutchwoman’s elevation to the gold medal position comes several months after the disqualification of Belgian rider Femke Van den Driessche, who originally crossed the line …

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Hidden motors: UCI announces results of Tour de France checks

The UCI has announced that it carried out a total of 3,773 magnetic resistance tests for motors over the course of the Tour de France, and that no evidence of technological fraud was found. The tests came months after the first-ever case of mechanical doping proved that such motors were a real threat to the …

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UCI ‘happy to collaborate’ with others in fighting motor use

ANGERS, France (CT) – UCI president Brian Cookson has pledged cooperation with Tour de France organiser ASO and the French authorities in order to fight the threat of hidden motors. Prior to the start of the event ASO confirmed that thermal imaging cameras would be introduced in order to enable a moving Grand Tour peloton …

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Hidden motors: “Most comprehensive programme of testing ever done” planned for Tour de France

The UCI has significantly stepped up its testing for hidden motors this season, with 500 bikes examined during the opening stages of the Giro d’Italia. However, according to the governing body, this scale of scrutiny will be exceeded at the Tour de France, with a massive effort planned for the race. “We are planning testing …

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Daily News Digest

Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five; Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage; Canadian downhill champ Steve Smith dies at 26; Teams selected for 27th Giro Rosa; Dutch Giro d’Italia start heralded as ‘best ever’; 2018 Giro starting in Japan?; Hamburg Cyclassics in dire need of sponsorship; Froome …

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Brian Cookson indicates possible sanctions for Van den Driessche’s entourage

Several weeks after Belgian cyclocross rider Femke Van den Driessche was given a six-year ban for ‘mechanical doping’, UCI president Brian Cookson has indicated that members of the rider’s entourage might also receive sanctions. Speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, the head of cycling’s governing body said he finds it unlikely Van den Driessche was …

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Hidden motors: Seven things to know about the UCI’s battle against technological fraud

The furore over the first-discovered use of a hidden motor in competition has shown the threat facing the sport of cycling. Doping has been a challenge for many years. Now, safeguarding against so-called technological fraud is also a huge concern. The UCI has the task of ensuring that Femke Van den Driessche is both the …

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Hidden motors: UCI defends current testing protocol

Addressing suggestions that its current checks for hidden motors could be sidestepped by unscrupulous teams or riders, the UCI has explained why it believes the current course of prevention is the correct one. It has also highlighted shortfalls with alternative methods which have been suggested. The governing body recently handed down a six year ban …

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Nikki Harris reacts to Van den Driessche’s suspension, says it is vital others are also held to account

Beaten by Femke Van den Driessche in the Koppenbergcross last November but now moved up to second overall after the Belgian’s disqualification, Nikki Harris has said that it is important that anyone who helped the younger rider to cheat should also be punished. Van de Driessche was handed a six year suspension by the UCI …

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