Motor found in Belgian cyclo-cross bike 'a disgrace' says national cycling coach

Belgian cycling federation and UCI respond to the discovery of an electric motor hidden in under-23 rider Femke Van den Driessche's bike

Femke Van Den Driessche

(Image credit: Watson)

The Belgian national cycling coach, Rudy De Bie, has branded the first case of mechanical doping yesterday at the Cyclo-cross World Championships as a 'disgrace'.

De Bie responded to the news on Saturday that the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) had caught Belgian Femke Van den Driessche with an electrical motor hidden in the carbon tubes of her Wilier bicycle in the under-23 women's race in Zolder, Belgium.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.