Case closed after no hidden motors found in peloton after two years

French authorities announce they ceased investigating mechanical doping at the start of 2020

UCI check for hidden motors at the 2016 Tour de France (Getty)

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French police have closed their case into hidden motors within the peloton, having found no evidence of mechanical doping during the two-year investigation.

Femke Van den Driessche had been caught at the World Cyclocross Championships in 2016, the first high-level rider to ever test positive for having a bike with an engine in it, while a 42-year-old amateur was then caught in a smaller race in October 2017.

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