'Very notable riders' reportedly under investigation for using motors in bikes

French investigation looking at "links between international teams, private companies and cycling’s highest authorities"

The issue of motor doping is back on the news agenda in France, where satirical newspaper Le Canard Enchaîné is reporting that two prominent investigating magistrates have been looking into an alleged conspiracy involving "very notable riders" to use this banned technology.

According to the paper, following an initial investigation by a public prosecutor with a focus on financial irregularities, investigating magistrates Claire Thépaut and Serge Tournaire were appointed last summer to investigate "links between international teams, private companies and cycling’s highest authorities".

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.