SMH: Tour de France to crack down on hidden motors, a scourge ‘worse than doping’.
French authorities will crack down on the use of hidden motors in this year’s Tour de France with the cheating tactic described as worse than doping.
Following the six-year ban given to Belgium rider Femke Van den Driessche in April 2016 for using a hidden motor at the Under 23 world championships, the International Cycling Union (UCI) has vowed to crack down on ‘mechanical doping’, according to a report in le Journal du Dimanche.
“This problem is worse than doping,” French Sports Minister Thierry Braillard told the newspaper. “The very future of cycling is hanging in the balance.”