Motor doping suspect runs down race organiser while escaping inspection

A bike inspection by suspicious organisers at the Routes de l'Oise escalated far more rapidly than anyone could have predicted

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A rider suspected of motor doping ran  down a race organiser after making a hurried getaway from bike inspectors, reports Le Parisien in France.

The drama took place on Monday, on the morning of the fourth and final stage of the amateur Routes de l'Oise stage race, north of Paris.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.