French amateur cyclist Cyril Fontaine has received a five-year ban from the sport after being caught using a motor in a third-category race in the Dordogne region last year.
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. The rider is reported to have raised attention due to the pace he climbed at in a race in Eyzies earlier that week.
The operation was carried out by Fédération Française de Cyclisme (FFC), the French Anti-Doping Agency (AFLD) and legal officials from Périgueux. 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 after the discovery.
The disciplinary committee of the FFC notified Fontaine of the ban in January according to Le Figaro.
Premier contrôle d'un vélo équipé d'un moteur lors d'une course locale en France ! #cyclisme #twittcyclos pic.twitter.com/9U4ezQYhFp
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