By Daniel McMahon
Cycling officials on Saturday detained a bicycle ridden during the cyclocross world championships in Zolder, Belgium, to investigate "technological fraud," and on Sunday they confirmed the bike had a concealed motor in the frame.
The International Cycling Union said the bike belonged to 19-year-old Belgian Femke Van den Driessche.
Update (Monday, 8:05 a.m. ET): The AP reports that Italian manufacturer Wilier Triestina says it will sue Van den Driessche.
It is the first official case of "mechanical doping" or "bike doping"
at cycling's highest level. If used at the right time during a race
even a small motor can provide a critical burst of power and speed.
For years there has been speculation in cycling that motorized
cheating might be happening at the sport's highest professional level,
but it has never been revealed until now...Continue reading...