Tour de France boss: Motors are no longer a rumour, they exist

Christian Prudhomme says cycling must fight against motorised doping, which he believes can no longer be denied

Christian Prudhomme before the start of Stage twenty of the 2015 Tour of Spain (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme has called for 'the most severe' punishments for riders who put a motor in their bike in races.

His comments come after a French television report claimed that seven riders used motors at two major Italian races this season, spotted with heat sensors.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.