An amateur French cyclist has been caught using a motor in a third-category race in the Dordogne region according to Le Télégramme and is likely to be charged with fraud.
The 43 year-old was competing in a race in St-Michel-de-Double and at the finish of the race, his bike was checked. He admitted using the motor, according to Jean-François Mailhes, a magistrate in Périgueux.
“We were advised by an official of the French Anti-Doping Agency of a suspicion of cheating by means of an electrical system, probably a small engine,” said Mailhes.
The rider is reported to have raised attention due to the pace he climbed at in a race in Eyzies earlier in the week.
The operation was carried out by Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC), the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and legal officials from Périgueux.
Afterwards, the rider who was not identified was interviewed by the gendarmerie who were trying to review his sporting career and evaluate the amount of bonuses that he achieved thanks to his “illegal system”, confirmed Mailhes.
“It’s an operation that does not happen overnight. There’s obvious preparatory work,” said FFC President Michel Callot.
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