mechanical doping

Bike Pure: No testing done at recent UCI cyclocross races, says riders offered drugs at events

The Bike Pure anti-doping organisation has spoken out over what it says has been a complete lack of recent testing at cyclocross events. In an open letter addressed to the UCI and WADA, as well as in an interview with CyclingTips, co-founder Andy Layhe has said that there has been no such scrutiny at events …

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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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French anti-doping expert told a dozen riders used motors during 2015 Tour de France

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 …

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60 Minutes report on motorized doping raises questions about Team Sky and UCI at 2015 Tour de France

In a segment that aired Sunday evening in the United States, CBS News program 60 Minutes took on the subject of motorized doping in professional cycling, raising questions about Team Sky and the UCI at the 2015 Tour de France. While no direct evidence was provided that Team Sky had cheated at the 2015 Tour, …

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Hidden motor inventor says he received $2 million in 1998 for exclusivity deal

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 …

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French government turns down request to make mechanical doping illegal

Hopes that the fight against technological fraud would be strengthened due to criminalisation of hidden motors have been dashed, at least temporarily, by the French government. Politician Marc Le Fur had proposed a motion to make so-called mechanical doping illegal, thus making those breaking the law liable to heavy penalties. He suggested a sanction of …

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Hidden motor inventor Varjas claims technological fraud still possible despite UCI checks

The inventor of the hidden motor, Istvan Varjas, has claimed that the UCI’s current methods of detection cannot pick up certain forms of mechanical doping. Speaking to French newspaper Le Monde, Varjas described a motor hidden in a hub of a wheel and costing 50,000 euro. He said that for a sum four times greater …

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UCI rejects claims it obstructed motor testing at 2016 Tour de France

Responding to claims by the inventor of the hidden motor that it had not complied with French police requests at this year’s Tour de France, the UCI has denied that it obstructed any moves to detect technological fraud. “The Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) condemns the accusations being made in some news reports concerning the UCI’s …

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Hidden motor inventor says he sold prototype in 1998, and that a ‘big story’ is coming

Revealing that a major story is coming soon about hidden motors, the inventor of the mechanical devices, Istvan ‘Stefano’ Varjas has said that he sold one of the devices to an unnamed person in 1998 and then obeyed a exclusivity agreement for ten years. “It was the end of ‘98 and I had to stay …

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Inventor of hidden motors accuses UCI of blocking motor tests at 2016 Tour de France

The UCI has acknowledged motors as one of the biggest dangers facing the integrity of modern cycling and announced prior to the Tour de France that it would conduct the largest number of checks ever in order to stamp out mechanical doping. However, according to Istvan Varjas, the Hungarian inventor of the motors, plus Greg …

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