[Ads-l] New kind of doping: "mechanical doping" (aka "technological fraud")

Hugo hugovk at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 31 20:43:23 UTC 2016

The first case of "mechanical doping" has been discovered in
competitive cycling this weekend, where a motor was found hidden in
the frame.

Almost six years since the first allegations of “mechanical doping” in
cycling, on Saturday a hidden booster motor was finally found in a
bicycle being used at a major event, when an inspector at the world
cyclo-cross championships in Zolder, Belgium, located a small motor in
the bottom bracket of a machine reportedly belonging to the pre-race
favourite in the women’s under-23 event, the European champion Femke
van den Driessche of Belgium.


The official term is "technological fraud" (same article):

The Union Cycliste Internationale said in a statement “that pursuant
to the UCI’s Regulations on technological fraud a bike has been
detained for further investigation following checks at the Women’s
Under 23 race of the 2016 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships. This
does not concern any of the riders on the podium. Further details will
be shared in due course.”

A quick search brings this up this 2006 article entitled "Assisted
ventilation as an aid to exercise training: a mechanical doping?":


It showed up in cycling in 2010, here on 19th May alongside "motorised doping":
UCI denies reports of motorised doping

The UCI has played down media speculation that a type of mechanical
doping could already exist in the peloton, saying that there is no
evidence that riders are utilising small motors to power their bikes
and thus gain an unfair advantage. However the UCI have confirmed to
Cyclingnews that they are looking into a method of screening frames in
order to remove any doubts.


"Bike doping" was also used in 2010.


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