'We are not afraid': UCI to pay for 'qualified information' relating to possible motor doping

President David Lappartient also says that he is "not afraid to to catch a top rider" should they be using motored assistance inside their bike

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In a seismic and unexpected move, the UCI is planning on paying informants and whistleblowers for information relating to the potential act of motor doping in professional cycling.

The governing body’s president, David Lappartient, has told the Ghost in the Machine podcast that they are currently working on introducing a system whereby people will receive a financial package for giving credible information that could lead to the detection of motors.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.