Professional cycling team attempted to sign on with mechanic dressing up as rider

Cynisca Cycling tried to use a mechanic posing as a fifth rider in order to sign on for Argenta Classic – 2 Districtenpijl Ekeren-Deurne last year, UCI says

Cynisca Cycling
(Image credit: Cynisca Cycling)

Professional cycling is no stranger to skullduggery and intrigue, but an announcement from the sport's governing body, the UCI, on Monday morning, revealed a novel piece of fraud.

A press release from the UCI's Disciplinary Commission stated that the American women's Continental team Cynisca Cycling attempted to sign onto a Belgian one-day race last year using a mechanic dressed up as a rider to meet the five-person threshold.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.