Motor doper: 'I'll be made an example of, but I’m not the only one to use a motor'

Cyril Fontayne bagged €500 in prizes at five races in a month using bike with hidden motor

French prosecutor Jean-François Mailhes (R) shows the modified bike as Christophe Bassons looks on during a press conference (MEHDI FEDOUACH/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Further details have emerged about the case of motor doping fraud that was discovered following a third-category and junior race at Saint-Michel-de-Double in south-west France on October 1.

The rider concerned has been revealed as Cyril Fontayne, a 43-year-old plasterer who is a member of the SA Mussidan club that was organising the event.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.