Dr Hutch: Motor-doping isn't rife, there's no way cyclists would use it discreetly enough

Some fans think that motor-doping is rife, but Cycling Weekly's columnist Dr Hutch is having none of it

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It’s not surprising that the dominance of Jumbo-Visma at the men’s Vuelta produced some mutterings about motor-doping. After all, it’s cycling’s favourite conspiracy theory. It’s got a pleasing element of Wacky Races. It’s easy to understand. Evidence for its existence is easy to claim (“Hey, look, that guy’s going faster than that one!”) and all but impossible to disprove.

Even if the UCI could prove it doesn’t exist (which it can’t), we can always pivot on the spot and claim motor-doping never existed in the first place and the UCI has wasted thousands of Swiss francs on electromagnetically sensitive iPads. It’s an allegation with something for everyone.

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