technological fraud

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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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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Brian Cookson Interview: Team size revision, Tour anti-doping, disc-brake ban and more

As he did last year, UCI president Brian Cookson attended the La Course women’s race in Paris on Sunday, held on the final day of the Tour de France. Several hours before the men thundered onto the Champs Elysées, Cookson watched the sport’s top women fight it out for honours in the race. While that …

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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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