UPDATE 11am 1st FEB
Our man on the ground in Belgium for Grit.cx, Jeff Lockwood has posted a very detailed story on Grit.cx laying out all the details of what we currently know about this breaking story 24 hours after the historical press conference in Zolder.
As reported by our sister site Grit.cx earlier today, Belgian pro Under 23 Cyclocross rider Femke Van den Driessche has had one of her bikes confiscated by the UCI after a motor was found inside the seat tube at the Zolder CX World Championships.
Rumours have been floating around for several years about the likelihood of pro road riders using the hidden technology to cheat when it’s getting harder to cheat chemically, but up until now there has been no confirmed cases of so called ‘mechanical fraud’ confirmed.
That all changed today when UCI boss Brian Cookson confirmed that Van den Driessche was now under investigation for cheating.
Femke Van den Driessche herself claims the bike is not hers but belongs to a friend who pre-rode the UCI World Championship course at Zolder on Saturday. After that ride she claims her mechanic mistook that bike for one of hers and cleaned and prepared it for the race. She withdrew from the race midway through with technical difficulties.
We saw a demo bike at Eurobike 2014 that featured a seat tube motor powered by a seatpack battery. In fact we video’d it.
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