International Cycling Union boss Brian Cookson has reliable a initial top-level box of “technological fraud” in a sport.
A bicycle in Saturday’s Cyclo-cross World Championships was allegedly found to enclose a dark motor.
The electric device was detected inside a support of a appurtenance being used by Belgian teen Femke outpost basement Driessche.
“It’s positively transparent that there was technological fraud,” pronounced Cookson.
“There was a secluded motor. we don’t consider there are any secrets about that.
“The UCI is committed to safeguarding riders who do not wish to lie in whatever form and to make certain that a right riders win a race.
“To all a people who wish to cheat, Saturday sent a transparent message: we will locate we and we will retaliate we since a record to detect such rascal seems to work.”
‘The bike was not mine’
Van basement Driessche, 19, who was holding partial in a under-23 competition that was won by Britain’s Evie Richards, denied suggestions she had deliberately cheated.
“The bike was not mine. we would never cheat,” she told Belgian television.
“It was my friend’s and was matching to mine. This crony went around a march Saturday before dropping off a bike in a truck. A mechanic, meditative it was my bike, spotless it and prepared it for my race.
“I’m wakeful we have a large problem. we have finished zero wrong,”
The bike was taken for investigation along with others after a teen had pulled out on a final path of Saturday’s competition with a ‘mechanical problem’ and had to travel to a finish.
The UCI reportedly used a mechanism that can review radio frequencies to detect a dark engine and afterwards private a chair post to see wires adhering out.
The ruling body’s regulations on ‘technological doping’ were introduced final year with guilty riders probable to a smallest cessation of 6 months and a excellent of between 20,000 and 200,000 Swiss Francs (£13,728 and £137,280).
Bike checks for highway racing were brought in over a past season, including during a Tour de France where leader Chris Froome’s bike was among those tested.