Two riders flee amateur race after refusing to let their bikes get checked for motors

After the pair were accosted by other riders on the finish line, they jumped in their van and fled before police could arrive

The UCI carried out hundreds of motor doping tests at the Giro d'Italia (Picture: Getty Images /AFP/Fabrice Coffrini)

Two riders competing in an amateur Italian race refused to have their bikes checked for hidden motors and fled the scene before organisers could apprehend them.

Suspicion had been growing for a while amongst riders at the Criterium Portogruarese, taking place in the north-east Italian region of Veneto, and at the third round of the race the group of riders taking part asked organisers to check the bikes of two riders, believing they were using hidden motors.

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